The Labour MP David Lammy condemned the alleged anti-semitic assault and described the attack as a “hateful attack on a pregnant Jewish woman."
Trigger warning: This story contains graphic descriptions of violence that some readers may find distressing
A pregnant woman was left "traumatized" after a man brutally attacked her in an incident in London. The man, who's in his late 50s, put a pillowcase over the 20-year-old woman's head before repeatedly punching her in the stomach. He was arrested by the authorities and charged on the suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm (GBH). He is currently in the custody at an east London police station, confirmed Scotland Yard. The woman, who was 28 weeks pregnant, was taken to the hospital where she was treated for minor injuries. The assault happened roughly around 6.30 pm on March 18 on Manor Road in Stamford Hill, reported The Guardian.
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Horrific attack on a lone woman who is 27 weeks pregnant on Manor Road in the Stamford hill area of London a few days ago.🇬🇧🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/1bdmq4kaWr
The attack was caught on security cameras that has been shared by the Shomrim neighborhood watch group. The video shows a man in a dark hooded jacket, dark trousers, and white trainers walk up to the woman from behind before attacking her. He was pulling a shopping trolley bag when the woman enters the frame. He abandons the trolley before proceeding to put a pillowcase over the woman's head and repeatedly punching her in the stomach. He runs away from the scene following the attack that was described as "violent" and "brutal" by Rabbi Herschel Gluck, the president of Shomrim. The video was later deleted by Shomrim, who tweeted, "Pregnant woman and her unborn baby survive a horrendous attack after a male suspect attacked her from behind, placed a pillow over her head and punched her in her stomach several times." Gluck said the attack left the victim “deeply traumatised.”
The Metropolitan police are investigating the incident but haven't established the motive behind the attack. The authorities said they don't believe the assault is related to any other offenses. “The victim, a 20-year-old woman, informed officers that she had been approached from behind by the suspect, who put a pillowcase over her head before assaulting her,” read a statement by the Metropolitan police. “The woman was taken to hospital for treatment for minor injuries.
Pregnant woman & her unborn baby survive a horrendous attack after a male suspect attacked her from behind, placed a pillow over her head & punched her in her stomach several times in a vicious unprovoked attack.— Shomrim (Stamford Hill) (@Shomrim) March 21, 2021
CCTV shows the alleged suspect fleeing the scene in #StamfordHill pic.twitter.com/eByaHrB5B4
The Labour MP David Lammy condemned the assault and described the attack as a “hateful attack on a pregnant Jewish woman,” before adding that it was “absolutely gruesome”. Dave Rich, director of policy at the Community Security Trust, said it was an “extremely distressing attack and we would advise anyone who knows anything to contact the police.” The Board of Deputies of British Jews released a statement addressing the assault. “We are extremely disturbed by the vile attack on a pregnant Jewish woman in Stamford Hill. We hope that the perpetrator is swiftly caught and faces justice,” read the statement. In the wake of the attack, Rabbi Gluck said "all parties" must ensure the safety of women and girls in the area "is put on the front burner and is assured," reported Metro. The Met said police said they have been conducting patrols in the Stamford Hill area to reassure the local community of their safety in the wake of the attack.
This hateful attack on a pregnant Jewish woman in Stamford Hill is absolutely gruesome.— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) March 22, 2021
As a society, we have to do so much more to tackle antisemitism as well as violence against women.
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"This was an appalling and unprovoked assault on a young woman," said the local policing commander, Detective Chief Superintendent Marcus Barnett, reported The Daily Mail. "I know such assaults are very concerning, but please be assured, whilst such incidents are thankfully rare, they are taken very seriously indeed and my officers do everything they possibly can to bring offenders to justice and keeping you — our community — safe."
We've deleted the tweet of the CCTV of the assault of the pregnant woman in #StamfordHill as it is a very violent attack and can be triggering for many victims.— Shomrim (Stamford Hill) (@Shomrim) March 22, 2021
This is a still image of the suspect.
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