Cambridgeshire

Cambridge pregnant woman face slash prompts Crimestoppers reward

Hayley Baker
Image caption Hayley Baker was 29 weeks pregnant at the time of the attack

A £2,000 reward has been offered to catch a man who slashed a pregnant woman across the face in an apparently random attack in Cambridge.

Veterinary surgeon Hayley Baker, 29, was assaulted in Hertford Street as she was walking near her home at about 20:20 GMT on 12 December.

The knifeman, who was in his 20s, ran off towards Chesterton Lane.

Charity Crimestoppers has offered the reward in the hope it will lead to a successful conviction.

At the time, Mrs Baker told BBC Look East that the attack happened soon after she had returned to Cambridge having been in Guildford to scatter her mother's ashes.

She said a lot of blood ran down her face and feared the loss would harm her 29-week-old unborn baby.

'Unthinkable'

Det Insp Jamie Stenton, from Cambridgeshire Police, said it was "a nasty attack which appears to have been completely random".

Ann Scott, Crimestoppers' eastern regional manager, said: "This violent attack on an innocent woman carrying a child is unthinkable.

"Not only has she sustained considerable injuries to her face, but it has caused unnecessary trauma and fear that may have longer term ramifications at a time which should be joyous in anticipation of the birth of her child.

"Crimestoppers would urge anyone with information to contact the charity anonymously, safe in the knowledge that no one will ever know you contacted us."

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