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Basildon woman attacked during burglary while in labour

The 22-year-old woman gave birth despite suffering a fractured skull in the Beambridge attack Image copyright Google
Image caption The 22-year-old woman gave birth after suffering a fractured skull in the Beambridge attack

A woman in labour suffered a fractured skull in an attack by a gang of masked burglars armed with crowbars.

Five men smashed their way into her house in Beambridge, Basildon, at about 21:00 GMT on Monday.

The victim, 22, gave birth to a healthy baby at the town's hospital after being taken by ambulance.

Her partner said: "My girlfriend remains in hospital with a serious head injury when she should be celebrating the birth of our child."

The man, who does not want to be named, was also injured in the attack.

'Shocking attack'

He said: "This was an extremely traumatic experience for us both.

"Please help the police to catch these men whose actions have tainted a period of time which should be a happy one for us."

The gang, who fled on foot, stole cash and a tablet computer.

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Image caption The woman remains in hospital

Det Insp Joel Henderson said: "This was a shocking attack on a young woman who was in labour.

"It is vital we get those people responsible off the streets of Basildon."

Four of the men were described as white and one was black.

They were said to be in their early to mid-20s.

A police spokeswoman said some of the gang were wearing masks.

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