Police are appealing for information after a pregnant woman was kicked in the stomach and robbed at a bus stop in East London, causing her to miscarry her baby.
The victim, who was eight weeks pregnant at the time, was attacked while waiting at a bus stop in Cambridge Park, Wanstead, in July last year, and suffered a miscarriage shortly afterwards.
She was on the phone with her mum while she was waiting for her bus between around 2.30 pm and 3 pm on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, when a man on a white bike rode towards her from the direction of the Green Man roundabout.
The case was featured on BBC One’s Crimewatch Live today (12 March).
Police said the man rode next to the woman, kicked her in the stomach and snatched her white iPhone X from her hand before riding off at speed towards Wanstead Tubestation.
The phone had a silver Swarovski case on the back.
The victim shouted at the suspect that she was pregnant but that didn’t stop him from attacking her. She sadly miscarried her baby a short time later.
The suspect is described as mixed race, around 30 years old and of stocky build with tattoos covering his left arm.
He was wearing dark blue shorts, a dark blue baseball cap and a white bag.
His bike was white and had no rear mudguard.
In November, detectives released an e-fit of a man they want to identify in connection with the robbery.
Detective Constable Lea Bethmann, from the East Area Burglary and Robbery Investigation Team said on Crimewatch Live: “I know that some time has passed since this incident but I would ask anyone who witnessed it or saw the man on the bike after robbery took place to get in touch.
“I’d also like to hear from anyone who was offered a white iPhone X, possibly still in the silver Swarovski case, after the attack.”
DC Bethmann said police want to hear from anyone who thinks they recognise the man in the E-fit, and she also made a direct appeal to the robber, urging them to ‘do the right thing and come forward’.
She said: “No matter how insignificant you may think your information is, it could be the missing piece to our investigation and help us to get some justice for the victim.”
DC Bethmann added: “This is a particularly sad case that has had devastating life-changing consequences for the victim.
“Needless to say this has caused much heartache and pain to the victim and her family and understandably she is still struggling following the attack.
“We are still tirelessly working to identify the person responsible for this heinous crime.”
If you recognise the person in the e-fit or have any information about this incident, please call the police on 101 and quote CAD 4366/29JULY2020.
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