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Beckenham: Pregnant woman robbed

PUBLISHED: 15:02 29 October 2010

(Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

(Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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A five month pregnant woman was pinned to the floor and had jewellery snatched from her neck as she waited at a tram stop.

Detectives from the British Transport Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen the robbery at the Beckenham Road stop at 4.30pm on October 13 to come forward with information.

The 34-year-old victim from Croydon was waiting to catch a tram home when a man grabbed her from the front and threw her to the floor.

He then pinned her to the ground before stealing her necklace and running off. The victim was taken to Mayday Hospital in Croydon were she and the baby were checked over by medical staff and given the all clear.

Detective Sergeant Don Thompson, one of the investigating officers, said the victim, who now has pain in her neck, was left “extremely upset” after the incident.

He said: “While this type of incident is very rare, this was a cowardly attack on a vulnerable woman and I am urging anyone with information to come forward.

“We’ve investigated a number of leads into this incident and spoken with witnesses but to no avail so far, which is why I am appealing for help from members of the public.

“It is extremely fortunate that the victim and her baby were unharmed. The incident left her shocked and extremely upset and we are determined to track down the culprit.

“If you saw this incident, or have any information about who may have been responsible then we want to hear from you.”

The man police want to identify in connection with the incident is black and was wearing a navy blue and black jacket.

Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 498 of 13/10/10.


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