Car thieves spray heavily-pregnant woman with noxious substance

Car thieves spray heavily-pregnant woman with noxious substance

A heavily-pregnant woman had a noxious substance sprayed into her eyes by car thieves in England who pinned her to the ground.

Detectives are searching for two men after the attack on the 22-year-old victim, whose phone was smashed during the offence in Yardley, Birmingham, last Sunday.

The woman - who is eight months pregnant - had parked up on Yew Tree car park at around 7.50pm when two men of Asian appearance, believed to have been lying in wait, approached her.

Officers say the woman tried to run away but was dragged to the ground before her car keys were taken from her.

Car thieves spray heavily-pregnant woman with noxious substance

The thieves then drove off in the woman's grey Volkswagen Golf, which has since been recovered and retained for forensic examination.

Sergeant Philip Poole, who is leading the investigation, said: "The pregnant victim was taken to hospital where she and unborn baby were monitored and treated for minor injuries − both are doing well.

"Nevertheless, it was a shocking attack against a heavily-pregnant woman and the outcome could have been far worse. We need to identify the offenders before they are able to attack again."

Detectives have released a CCTV clip of the suspects, and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Sgt Poole added: "We've secured CCTV and recovered the car, but we're still appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time and saw anything suspicious, or has any other information which they believe will assist the investigation to come forward."

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