Pregnant Woman Attacked At Bus Stop

A man has been arrested after a pregnant woman has been attacked at a bus stop in east London.

Metropolitan Police were called to Ripple Road in Barking at around 4pm on Monday (27 April).

The woman said she had been pushed off the 173 bus by a man who said there was no room for her and her pushchair which her nine month old baby was in.

When the victim was off the bus the man allegedly punched her repeatedly in the face, chest and shoulders. When she attempted to call police he took her phone and threw it to the floor smashing it.

When officers arrived at the scene the man went on to assault a police officer. He was arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm, assault on police and resisting arrest and taken to an east London police station where is was bailed to a date in early June.

The victim was taken to an east London hospital for treatment to bruising to her face and upper body. Checks were also carried out to ensure that her unborn child had not been harmed. The baby in the pushchair and the woman's five-year-old daughter were not injured.

Detective Sergeant Beverley Williams said "This was a despicable attack on a defenceless pregnant woman who had simply boarded a bus with her nine-month-old child and her five-year-old daughter. Her older child has been left traumatised after seeing her mother being assaulted.

"I am appealing to anyone who was at the bus stop or on the bus who has yet to come forward to please get in contact and assist us with our investigation. The information you provide may prove valuable."

Anyone who witnessed this incident but has not yet come forward is asked to contact Barking and Dagenham CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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