Pregnant woman hurt in street attack in Manchester

Man wanted after a pregnant woman was hurt in a botched theft Image copyright GMP
Image caption Police said the man fled empty-handed

A man pushed a pregnant woman over and dragged her along the floor during a botched robbery in Manchester, prompting an appeal.

The woman was attacked as she left a newsagent in Hodge Street, Moston, at about 12:40 GMT on Saturday.

The man, who did not speak English, started shaking her and shouting before dragging her by her handbag strap before fleeing empty-handed.

The woman, 27, was left with a broken leg. Her unborn baby was unharmed.

In a statement the woman, who is four months pregnant, said: "When it was happening, I was very concerned about the safety of my unborn baby and for myself.

"It was quite terrifying when he was grabbing and shaking me. I didn't know what he was going to do or what he wanted as I couldn't understand him.

"I feel in shock and very anxious about it."

The man is described as having a distinctive scar on the left side of his face, about 5ft 10in, with a stocky build and a round face.

Det Con Saj Sardar said: "Thankfully, though this is purely by luck, it does not appear the unborn baby has been harmed but that does not detract from just how frightened this young woman was."

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