Manchester

Pregnant teenager bitten in Chorlton taxi row

A pregnant teenager has been bitten and punched to the floor by a woman during an argument over a taxi in Manchester.

The 17-year-old, who is five months pregnant, was trying to get into a cab in Chorlton-cum-Hardy when she was attacked at 0020 BST on Sunday.

She was punched in the face and bitten on her thumb by the woman, aged about 40, on Keppel Road.

A bystander intervened and the attacker ran off with the teenager's Blackberry Torch mobile phone.

Police said the victim was left with a bleeding thumb and was badly shaken.

Sgt Allan Dean said: "Thankfully, this girl's baby was not injured but this is obviously more by chance than design and until the baby is born we cannot say for definite what long-lasting damage was done.

"She was subjected to a totally unnecessary attack brought on by a row over whose taxi it was, and such wanton violence could have caused serious injuries.

"Understandably, both she and her family are very shaken up after what happened and want to see the offender caught.

"There would have been a lot of people leaving bars, clubs or takeaway restaurants at that time so potentially there are witnesses we need to speak to."

The attacker was aged about 40, 5ft 5in tall, of a medium to large build with dark hair.

She was wearing a white cardigan and blue jeans.

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