Mother pushing pram kicked in face during south Belfast mugging
A mother was kicked in the face and pulled to the ground while she pushed her child in a pram during a violent street robbery.
The incident happened at around 3pm yesterday in Roden Street in the Donegall Road area of south Belfast.
The woman was taken to hospital for her injuries which were not believed to be life-threatening.
Her child was not injured.
The woman was walking along the road pushing her child in a pram when she was approached from behind by two unknown males.
They pulled her to the ground and kicked her in the face before stealing her bag.
A short time later the woman's purse was located in an alleyway at the rear of Roden Street.
South Belfast MLA Anna Lo said whoever is responsible must be stopped.
She said: "My sympathies go to the woman.
"I understand she was taken to hospital but it must have been a really frightening experience for her particularly when she was with a young child in a pram.
"These people who attacked her are just bad people with no regards for anyone – a young woman with a child walking down the road minding her own business."
The Alliance MLA said the attack was brutal and vicious and the level of violence was shocking.
"Robbing her and kicking her is just really totally unacceptable behaviour and I hope that they will be apprehended," she said. "I appeal to anyone who may have seen or heard anything to come forward to the police. They must be stopped or they may do it again to some other innocent victim."
Sinn Fein MP for West Belfast Paul Maskey said those who carried out the attack should be feeling ashamed of themselves at the "cowardly attack" on a young woman and a defenceless child.
He told the Belfast Telegraph: "An attack in broad daylight is shocking and they should be ashamed of themselves.
"I would appeal for anyone with information to come forward."
Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information to contact them on 0845 600 8000 or anonymously at Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.