Police release e-fit after attack on pregnant woman

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Police have released an e-fit image of a man they want to identify after a pregnant woman was attacked by a burglar in her home in Leeds.

The 24-year-old victim, who is 22-weeks pregnant, was in the attic of her home in Bexley Place, Harehills, with her 15-month-old son when she heard a bang downstairs and went to investigate.

She went down to the next floor and saw the man searching through drawers in her bedroom.

The woman then shouted at him and got her phone to call the police.

The burglar forced his way out of the room hitting her in the stomach with a PlayStation 4 games console he was carrying.

The victim fell to the floor in pain and then struggled with the man before pushing him down the stairs.

The suspect grabbed the keys to the house from the kitchen side and ran out the front door with them and the console.

The incident happened at about 4.30pm on Tuesday, May 5.

The man was described as mixed race, aged 24 to 25, about 5ft 4ins tall, slim build, with black hair in a short afro style. He was wearing a grey zip-up hooded top, black jeans and black trainers.

Detective Constable Amy Spaven, of Leeds District Neighbourhood Crime Team, said: “The victim was left in a lot of pain and was very upset and concerned about the potential for her unborn child to have been injured. She also feared for the safety of her son who was nearby.

“She received bruising and scratches in the struggle and from falling down the stairs. She was taken to hospital by ambulance and prescribed painkillers. She has been told she will need to be assessed as her pregnancy progresses to see if there are any issues as a result of the incident.

“The offender had broken in by climbing on a flat roof above the living room and forcing the bedroom window.

“I would like to hear from anyone who recognises the man shown in the e-fit image or who saw someone fitting that description in the area at the time.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC 6673 Spaven at Stainbeck Police Station via 101 or call the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.