A pregnant woman suffered a miscarriage a day after she was punched, kicked and thrown to the ground by a thief in the street.
Lauren Reece Flay, 25, was on her way to work on the night of Friday, September 13, when she was attacked in Southfield, Hessle in Yorkshire just moments after she had left the town’s train station, DailyMail reported.
The mother-of-one was dragged around by her attacker before he made off with her phone and a small amount of cash.
Lauren suffered two fractured ribs on her left side and bruising to her chest.
Without her phone, she made her way to work for help before she was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary and, the next day, she was told she had suffered a miscarriage.
According to MailOnline report, she had only found out that she was pregnant a few days before the attack.
Talking about the attack and miscarriage, Lauren said: “I was only literally early on pregnant. We only found out within that week.
“When the ambulance first came I didn’t have any stomach pain. I just wanted to go home to my son and be in my own kind of place.
“But then on the Saturday I started to have a few pains. When they told me I kind of knew straight away.
“I was shocked but expected it. It is s**t to be honest. I was excited about it. I told my sister and my friends that it was something I was really looking forward to.’
The man who carried out the attack were described as white, in his 20s, of slim build, wearing a black Northface jacket, grey joggers and a black baseball cap.
She said: ‘I always get the 8.48pm train and on this evening there was a man in his early 20’s acting strange but I didn’t think too much into it.
“I just thought it’s a Friday night and he might be on something and I didn’t take too much interest.
“When the train was going he was walking up and down the aisle and that was when I was starting to feel a little worried.
“He then sat at my table and kept staring at me. He answered his phone and was talking to a mate and it sounded like he was going to Sheffield.
“As the train was stopping at Hessle I was at the door and he then got up to get off which I thought was strange as I thought he was getting off at Sheffield.
“He then tried to get off the train on the other side where the tracks were, so I told him ”you’ve got to get off this side, you don’t want to end up dead”.”
As Lauren stepped off the train she began to ‘dawdle’ her way to work, hoping that the strange man would bypass her on the bridge at the station – but he didn’t, DailyMail reported.
Lauren kept walking along Southfield when she was then punched and grabbed by her alleged attacker.
She said: “He never went past me so straight away I thought it was a bit strange.
“I carried on walking and went to put my headphones in and then the next thing I knew he punched me in the chest and then again and then dragged me around.
“He even kicked me in the legs.”
Another man is said to have walked ahead of Lauren and her attacker as they got off the train who she thinks might be able to help.
She said: “There was another male who was in front of us but he was walking at normal pace.
“The way the man ran after the attack was in the same direction as that other man so I thought maybe he passed him.”
Lauren returned to work for the first time yesterday following the attack, saying she was “nervous” about getting back on the train.
She has struggled to leave her home since it happened saying that the attack has left her “shaken”.
Lauren said: ‘This male was youngish. He looked like a skinny boy. He didn’t have anything specific about him or any tattoos I could see or anything like that.
“It is not like he was a big stocky guy so it has got me paranoid to a point where I’m thinking what if he was bigger or had a knife – it has got me shaking.
“I have not really been out of the house since it happened. I have just hibernated.
“You just don’t expect this to happen to you, especially in Hessle. It is supposed to be quite a nice place.”
Humberside Police issued an appeal yesterday, September 24, urging anyone who saw what happened or can help with their enquiries to get in touch with them by calling their non-emergency number 101 quoting log 593 13/09/19.