FOUR people have appeared in court today after carjackers dragged a mum from her car and sped off with her three kids in the back.

The woman was thrown from the driver's seat in broad daylight and pulled along the pavement by her ankles.

Two people then got in and drove off with her three daughters – aged four, five and seven – still in the back seat.

The children were freed a short time later and the Ford Kuga was found torched nearby in Leeds, West Yorks.

Four people charged in connection with the horror on Saturday have appeared at Leeds Magistrates' Court today.

Ryan Fraser, 26, is charged with robbery, kidnap, conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

Fraser today shouted "I love you mum" as he was led away from the dock.

His girlfriend Nicole Swaine, 22, is charged with arson and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Tom Woolams, 34, and wife Rachel Barrow, 28, have been charged with the same offences.

The court was told the group allegedly cleaned the stolen car with bleach before torching it.

Police are still trying to find two further suspects linked to the case.

Woolams and Barrow were granted conditional bail and must follow a 6pm to 6am curfew, not contact witnesses or their co-defendants and must reside at home.

Swaine was granted bail with the same conditions, while Fraser was remanded in custody.

All four will appear at Leeds Crown Court on November 4.

The heart-stopping moment the carjackers struck was caught on CCTV and shows two men approach the car at 9am on Saturday.

One jacker forces open the driver's door before pulling the terrified mum out of the black Ford Kuga.

He then pulls her along the pavement by her ankles.

The other male jumps into the passenger seat before the first robber leaps into the driver’s side.

The frantic woman managed to get to her feet and forced open the driver’s side door before it was slammed shut and the robbers drove away.

Shortly afterwards the robbers stopped and left the three girls on a nearby street, in Leeds, West Yorkshire.

The car was found burnt out an hour later.

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said: "On Saturday (3/10) police were called to Armley Ridge Road where a woman in her forties had been dragged out the driver’s seat of her black Ford Kuga by a man who drove off in the vehicle along with another man.

"The woman’s three daughters, aged four, five and seven, had been in the back of the car and were left by the men in nearby Paisley Terrace. They were quickly found safe and well.

"The car was found set alight outside Rothwell Labour Club, in Fifth Avenue, Rothwell, shortly after 10am."

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