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Woman kicked in face while pushing young child in pram during violent Belfast robbery

By John Mulgrew

A woman was kicked in the face and pulled to the ground during a violent street robbery as she pushed her young child in a pram.

The brutal attack left the victim requiring hospital treatment, after she was attacked by two men in the Roden Street area of Belfast on Tuesday afternoon.

Her young child - who was being pushed in a pram when two muggers struck from behind - escaped without injury.

The victim's purse was stolen during the theft which happened at around 3pm.

It was later found a short distance away.

The woman was taken to hospital for treatment. Her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Sinn Fein MP for West Belfast, Paul Maskey said those behind the attack "should be ashamed of themselves".

"An attack in broad daylight is shocking and they should be ashamed of themselves," he told the Belfast Telegraph.

"I would appeal for anyone with information to come forward."

He said the attack - which happened close to the Falls Road area - was the latest in a spike of serious crime since the New Year.

That included a 12-year-old boy being among several people questioned by police over car crime such as joyriding.

Footage posted on YouTube showed hundreds gathered to watch stolen cars tearing up and down the Falls Road.

According to Mr Maskey, a number of arrests have now been made.

"I condemn this attack and we have already seen a spike in that area," he said.

"There have been a number of arrests. I hope this woman makes a full recovery, but obviously she will be very shocked."

 

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