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Appeal after woman loses baby following brutal assault

POLICE APPEAL: A heavily pregnant woman is in critical condition after she was attacked in south London

DETECTIVES ARE appealing for witnesses and information after a brutal assault on a heavily pregnant woman resulted in the loss of her baby.

The victim, who was 32 weeks pregnant, was kicked repeatedly in the stomach and her unborn child could not be saved.

The 21-year-old woman was walking down Talfourd Place, Peckham, at around 8pm on Monday (Jun 15), when she was approached by two men wearing motorbike crash helmets.

They pushed her to the ground and continually kicked and stamped on her stomach.

The suspects then ran off, still wearing the crash helmets, in the direction of Denmark Road.

A member of the public called police who administered first aid at the scene. The victim was taken to a south London hospital where she lost her baby. She remains in a critical condition in intensive care.

Investigating officer detective chief inspector Robert Pack, from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: "This was a truly abhorrent and vile attack on a heavily pregnant woman who has now, tragically, lost her baby.

"The men who attacked her must have known the impact their actions would have when they kicked her repeatedly in the stomach. It is sickening to think someone would deliberately target a pregnant woman in this way.

"The suspects were distinctive in their crash helmets and we would appeal for anyone who saw them either before the attack or running from the scene to please come forward and contact us."

The two men were black and aged in their 20s.

A 20-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday, 16 June and remains in custody at this stage.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the incident room on 020 8345 3985 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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