Belfast Telegraph

Mother treated in hospital after being kicked in the head by robbers

BY CHRIS KILPATRICK

A young mother kicked in the head by robbers as she collected her child from school spent most of yesterday in hospital getting treatment for her injuries.

The woman was forced to the ground and kicked during the ferocious assault in the Roden Street area of south Belfast at around 3pm on Tuesday.

She was walking along the road pushing her child in a pram when confronted by two men who attacked her and made off with her handbag. One of her attackers also clasped his hands round her throat.

A resident living nearby told how she heard the woman screaming for help. The victim was left with neck pain, as well as cuts and bruises, and returned to hospital yesterday.

Bob Stoker, an Ulster Unionist councillor for the area, said he spoke with the woman's husband. "She's still very shaken, nervous and in pain," Mr Stoker said. "Her husband's family are very well-known and respected throughout the area.

"He left the children to school today and was stopped by about 20 people asking him how is wife is doing."

The woman's purse was later found dumped in an alleyway at the rear of Roden Street.

The child was unhurt during the altercation.

The woman, who is originally from England, had just moved to Northern Ireland with her husband and children in recent years.

Sinn Fein councillor Deirdre Hargey has urged anybody with information to contact police on 0845 600 8000.

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