A six-year-old girl who was in her father’s car when it was stolen by a man posing as a buyer has been found by her grandmother.

Beatrice Felicia was sitting on the back seat of the Volkswagen Passat that her father had hoped to sell to an unknown man when they met at the Jet Petrol Station in Leyton High Road, east London, at around 6.30pm on Tuesday.

The man jumped in the brown car, registration number NG11 BMZ, and drove off with the girl still inside, the Metropolitan Police said.

Officers issued an urgent appeal for help to trace the Romanian girl, and she was found safe and well by her grandmother at around 9pm in the Leyton area.

A Met spokesman said: “At this stage it is not known how and where Beatrice got out of the car, nor the exact location where she was seen by her grandmother.

“Neither Beatrice nor her grandmother speak English, they will be spoken to by police officers in due course.”

Police are still trying to trace the suspect and the car.

The suspect is described as Asian and aged in his 30s with short dark hair and a dark beard, and he was wearing a dark jacket with white fur lining on the hood and green Nike TN trainers.

The car was last seen heading towards the Chadwell Heath area.

A man who works at the Jet Petrol Station told the Press Association: “I remember the daddy was crying outside, but I didn’t see the girl or I didn’t see the kidnapper.”