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Natalie Lumley is 29 weeks pregnant with her first baby but had to be rushed to hospital following a terrifying attack on Thursday. The 28-year-old was walking home through an area of woodland in Tanfield Lea, near Stanley, in County Durham.
But at around 10am, a masked man launched a horrific attack on the mother-to-be.
The man allegedly hit her and repeatedly kicked her in the stomach, leaving her covered in bruises.
While screaming for help, bystanders at the nearby working men’s club came to help and the attacker fled the scene.
Speaking to Chronicle Live, Ms Lumley said: “I’m really shaken up.
“I still can’t believe it’s even happened.
“I was walking through the woods next to the working men’s club.
“There’s some metal bars along there and I saw somebody stood there with their face covered.
“As I was walking towards him he grabbed me and kicked me three times in the stomach and three times in the leg.
“I shouted for help and people from the club who were outside for a cigarette came running over and he ran away.”
She continued: “They went for my stomach and they haven’t taken anything.
“I had my phone in my hand and an Apple watch on and they didn’t go for them.
“I’ve had to go back to the shops today and I had to get my mum and my friends to walk with me because I’m so anxious.
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“I couldn’t get to sleep last night – it was in broad daylight, you expect these things to happen at night.
“It’s disgusting, it really is. I don’t want it to happen again.”
Ms Lumley was rushed to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle in order to make sure her unborn baby was ok.
Medics were thankfully able to find a heartbeat and confirmed the baby was moving.
Police have since confirmed an unnamed man in his 20s has been arrested and subsequently released on bail.
A spokesman for Durham Constabulary said: “Police were called to reports of an assault in Stanley shortly after 10am yesterday on October 14.
“It is believed the suspect approached the pregnant victim and kicked her in the stomach.
“The victim was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary hospital in Newcastle and has since been discharged.
“A man in his 20s was arrested in connection with the incident and has been released on police bail.”
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