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Man arrested over attack on pregnant London woman in suspected anti-Semitic incident

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An attack on a young pregnant woman in London is suspected to be a hate crime.

A man in his late 50s has been arrested over the assault on the woman in Hackney.

Footage of the incident shows a man approaching her behind, placing a pillow case over her head and assaulting her in the Orthodox Jewish area of Stamford Hill.

The attack on March 18 caused outrage in the UK’s Jewish community after the footage was posted by Jewish anti-violence watch group Shomrim to Twitter.

The group claims the woman is about 27 weeks pregnant and was repeatedly punched by the man.

“This hateful attack on a pregnant Jewish woman in Stamford Hill is absolutely gruesome,” said London-based Labour MP David Lammy.

CCTV has captured the moment a pregnant woman was attacked in London. Credit: Shomrim/Twitter

“As a society, we have to do so much more to tackle anti-semitism as well as violence against women.”

Hackney Mayor Philip Glanville said he was horrified and appalled by the “disgusting attack”.

“My thoughts are firstly with the victim and her family at this awful time and I know just how angry and concerned residents in the area area,” he said on Twitter.

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