Moment pregnant woman ‘attacked in street with pillow case and punched in belly’

Moment pregnant woman attacked in street with pillow case and punched in belly
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  • Shocking CCTV footage shows the moment a 27-week pregnant woman was repeatedly punched in the stomach and head by a man in a street in Hackney, London, on March 18.

Horrifying footage has emerged of a man covering a 27-week pregnant woman’s head with a cloth or pillow case before repeatedly kicking her in the stomach.

The shocking CCTV video shows the 20-year-old pregnant woman being assaulted by the man in an alley in Hackney.

The Metropolitan Police said the were called shortly after 7pm on March 18 to reports of an assault that had happened about half an hour earlier on Manor Road in Stamford Hill.

The woman told officers she’d been approached from behind by the suspect, who threw either a piece of cloth or a pillow case over her head before punching her multiple times in her face and stomach.

She was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Shomrim, a volunteer group working for a safer community in the neighbourhood, posted the horrifying video saying it was a “hate crime” and an incident of antisemitism in the predominantly Jewish area.

They branded the attack “horrendous” and “unprovoked”.

The group then followed up saying police were investigating the incident, where the woman was “stalked, #Suffocated & viciously #Assaulted “.

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The man threw what is believed to be a piece of cloth or pillow case over the woman’s head before hitting her (Image: @Shomrim/Twitter)

Shomrim said in a statement to the Mirror they believe the man was stalking the woman for 20 minutes before he attacked her in a “quiet alley”.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 50 years old and he was walking with a wheelie trolly.

The group said they’ve increased the number of patrols in the area after a recent spike in assaults on lone females on Stamford Hill.

Officers are carrying out a number of enquiries and are reviewing CCTV cameras in the local area. No arrests have been made yet.

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The 20-year-old woman is believed to have been stalked for 20 minutes before being attacked (Image: @Shomrim/Twitter)

It comes amid growing concern for the safety of women on the streets following the case of Sarah Everard, who disappeared as she walked home from a friend’s house in Clapham and whose remains were found a week later in Kent.

The 33-year-old had been walking to her home in Brixton, south London, on March 3 when she was last seen on CCTV footage.

Police confirmed they had found her remains in a builder’s bag in woodland in Ashford on March 10.

Metropolitan Police officer Wayne Couzens appeared at the Old Bailey last week charged with the kidnap and murder of the marketing executive.