Heavily pregnant woman kicked in stomach in Liverpool

A heavily pregnant woman was knocked to the floor and kicked twice in the stomach in an attack in Liverpool.

The 18-year-old was walking in an alleyway near Switch Island retail park with her boyfriend when she was attacked at about 2200 GMT on Tuesday.

She was approached from behind by two men who attacked her before stealing her mobile phone.

Police said she was taken to hospital and was distressed but she and her unborn baby were fit and well.

Agonising wait

Det Insp Jon Smith from Sefton CID said: "This was a despicable and cowardly attack on a young woman who was clearly heavily pregnant.

"To commit any kind of assault against an innocent person is bad enough but to do so in these circumstances is beyond belief.

"It must have been an agonising wait for this young woman and the baby's father until they were given the all-clear by the medical experts."

He added: "I can assure the victims and our community that everything is being done to identity and trace these individuals so that they can be brought to justice.

"Such a serious incident is thankfully rare in this area and I would appeal for anyone who witnessed anything unusual or suspicious at the retail park that night to give that information to the police."

The men are described as being about 5ft 8in (1.7m) with one being of medium build and the other slightly stockier.

One was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a waterproof hooded jacket and the other wore dark clothing with a hood up.

Police are looking at CCTV from the area and have appealed for anyone who was in the area and noticed two young men acting suspiciously to contact them.

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