Man in his 50s is arrested on suspicion of GBH after pregnant woman was repeatedly punched in the body after having a pillowcase thrown over her head in north London
- A 28-weeks pregnant woman was stalked into an alleyway and brutally attacked
- Horrific footage shows suspect follow her, before throwing a hood over head
- Police confirm a man in his 50s has now been arrested over the vicious attack
A man in his late 50s has been arrested after a pregnant woman was left ‘traumatised’ by having a pillowcase put over her head and repeatedly punched in a horrific attack in north London.
The suspect was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm (GBH) at an address in Haringey and is now in custody at an east London police station, Scotland Yard said.
The 20-year-old Jewish victim, who is around 28 weeks’ pregnant, was taken to hospital for treatment for minor injuries following the assault at around 6.30pm last Thursday in Stamford Hill.
A figure was seen following the woman into an alleyway before pulling a hood over her head and raining down blows on her stomach in sickening footage.
In the footage, a figure follows the woman down an alleyway before grabbing her from behind
Police have arrested a man in his 50s after a 20-year-old woman needed hospital treatment following an attack in Stamford Hill last Thursday
The 20-year-old Jewish victim, who is around 28 weeks’ pregnant, was taken to hospital for treatment for minor injuries following the assault
The Metropolitan Police said inquiries are ongoing to establish a motive and that at this stage the incident is not believed to be linked with any other offences.
Rabbi Herschel Gluck, president of the Shomrim neighbourhood watch group in Stamford Hill, said the woman has been left ‘traumatised’ by the incident.
The rabbi said ‘all parties’ must ensure the safety of women and girls in the area ‘is put on the front burner and is assured’.
He added: ‘She is a young woman, she has never experienced anything similar to this in her life.
‘The child, the embryo is very developed, 27/28 weeks, and therefore I dread to think what effect this will have on the unborn child.’
The Met said police have been conducting patrols in the Stamford Hill area to provide reassurance to the local community.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting reference Cad 6517/18Mar.