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Rally for pregnant woman who lost twins in 'racist' attack

Image caption People gathered in the centre of Bletchley to show solidarity with the victim of the attack

About 50 people have turned out to show support for a woman who lost her unborn twins in a suspected racist attack.

The 34-year-old Somalian woman fell over after being kicked and racially insulted outside a Co-op in Bletchley, Milton Keynes, last month.

A rally was held in the town centre on Saturday to condemn hate crime.

A man, 37, from Milton Keynes, has been released on bail until November after he was arrested on suspicion of racially-aggravated assault.

Members of the public and representatives from trade unions and campaign groups gathered for the event holding placards and banners.

Image caption Campaigner Kate Hunter said people wanted a "united" Milton Keynes in the wake of the attack

Stand Up Against Racism helped organise the two-hour rally and the group's Kate Hunter said: "There's a minority of people who have destructive views.

"We want our voice heard to appeal to the best in people... We want a united, diverse Milton Keynes."

The attack victim was treated in hospital along with a 40-year-old man who was hit on the head with a bag of ice and a bottle.

Image caption The 34-year-old was attacked as she returned to her car from a shop in Water Eaton Road

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