Greater Manchester Police are investigating a serious incident were a pregnant woman was wrestledto the floor and dragged along the ground by a thief.
Luckily the unborn baby does not seem to have been harmed as the offender attempted to snatch the woman’s handbag on Hodge Street, Moston, at about 12.40pm on 17 January 2015.
However, the woman, 27, has been left extremely shaken up as a result and police are now appealingto anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward.
Officers have also issuedan evofit of her attacker and are asking anyone who recognises this manto call police.
The woman, who is four months pregnant, had just left a newsagents on Hodge Street and was getting into her car when she was grabbed from behind by the offender, who threw her to one side and tried – unsuccessfully – to get into the car.
After failing to steal the car, he then grabbed the woman again and begun shaking her, shouting loudlyin her face although she could not understand what he was saying as hedid not speak English.
Panicking, the woman screamed she was pregnant and even showed the would-be thief the contents of her bag to show him she did not have any money or phones on her.
Undeterred, the thief threw her to the floor with some force and then dragged her along the ground by the strap on her handbag which was around her neck. Eventually, he let go and fled empty-handed.
Thankfully, the unborn babydoes not appear to have been harmed although the victim did suffer a breakto her right leg due to the impact of being thrown to the floor.
The offender is described as being black, 5ft 10in tall, of a stocky build and with a round face.He had a distinctive scar on the left side of his face. He was clean shavenand wore a black zip-up hooded top with white strings and light blue jeans.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.