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This shocking CCTV footage shows the moment a woman tried to strangle an innocent baby in Boots.

Police are now asking for the public’s help to find the woman who is seen following a mother with her one-year-old baby in a pushchair as they walk into Boots on The Strand, Westminster, at lunchtime on January 16.

The woman walks straight up to the pushchair, reaches inside and takes hold of the baby’s throat for a second.

Originally, the mother thought she was just going to look and fuss over her baby but, when she saw what was actually happening, she immediately grabbed the woman’s hand to stop her.

As a security guard escorted her out of the store she reportedly uttered the words: 'That baby would rather be dead'. She then walked towards Trafalgar Square.

Luckily the baby was not injured due to the mother’s quick reaction, however she was extremely shaken up and traumatised by the experience, as the CCTV footage shows.

The suspect is described as a white woman in her early 60s, 5ft 2ins tall, of a chubby build, with light-coloured hair and a boil or eye deformity on her face.

She was wearing a deer stalker hat and a distinctive white, red and grey stripped poncho with a brown handbag and black boots.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, was in the area at the time or has information that could assist officers is asked to call 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.