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Pregnant woman loses baby after mugger kicked her in the stomach in iPhone robbery

A pregnant woman who suffered a miscarriage after a robber kicked her in the stomach snatching her iPhone wept as she told locals the next week 'I've lost my baby'.

Police were this morning hunting the violent crook, who was on a bicycle, and responsible for the appalling attack in Wanstead, east London.

His victim, who was in her 30s, was nine weeks pregnant at the time of the brutal robbery.

An e-fit of the criminal has now been circulated in a drive to try and track down the man responsible for the heartbreaking assault.

It is feared he could have been responsible for a previous mugging just days earlier. 

A local shopkeeper told MailOnline: “The woman was a regular customer and we used to see her all the time.

“She was European though not British. A few days after the attack she came in to tell us all about it.

“She was crying saying she had been kicked in the stomach and had lost her baby.

“It was very upsetting. Unfortunately the attack happened at the bus-stop across the street and our CVTV only captures our own side of the street.

“There had been another mugging just days earlier. I have no idea if the same guy was involved.” 

The Met have issued this e-fit of the man they want to speak to about the robbery

Met Police Detective Constable James Pepperell said: 'This is particularly sad case that has had life-changing consequences for the victim.

'Needless to say this has caused much heartache and pain to the victim and her family. 

'I am keen to hear from anyone that can assist in the identification of this e-fit. If you are the person responsible then do the right thing and come forward.

'I know that some time has passed since this incident but I would ask anyone who witnessed this or saw the man on the bike after robbery took place to get in touch.

The attack happened in July at this bus stop (pictured today) in Wanstead, east London

The mobile robbed was an iPhone X worth £300 and similar to the one pictured here

 'No matter how insignificant you may think your information, it could be the missing piece to our investigation.'

It happened between 2.20pm and 3pm on July 29 as the woman waited at a bus stop in Cambridge Park. 

The victim, aged in her thirties, was on the phone to her mum when a man on a white bike rode towards her, from the direction of the Green Man roundabout.

As the man got level with the woman he kicked her in the stomach and snatched her £300 iPhone x from her hand before riding off at speed towards Wanstead tube station.

At the time, the victim was nine weeks pregnant and suffered a miscarriage a short time later.

The suspect is described as mixed race, around 30-years-old and of stocky build with tattoos covering his left arm. He was wearing dark blue shorts, a dark blue baseball cap and a white bag.

His bike was white and had no rear mud guard. 

If you recognise the person in the image or have any information about this incident please call police on 101 and quote CAD 4366/29JULY2020. Alternatively tweet @MetCC, or to remain 100% anonymous call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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