Apperley bridge mum-to-be's anger at road rage attack

Pregnant and terrified as angry driver punched me in face

Pregnant and terrified as angry driver punched me in face

First published in Apperley Bridge Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Aire Valley Chief Reporter

A five-months pregnant woman was punched in the face in front of her two-year-old son in a vicious road rage attack.

Stacey Phillips, 21, was left shocked after her attacker landed the punch on her face – causing swelling and bruising – at a Bradford supermarket.

Miss Phillips, of Apperley Lane, Apperley Bridge, said the assault happened in front of witnesses in Morissons supermarket car park in Five Lane Ends, Bradford.

Miss Phillips said she also believed CCTV footage of her attacker could also be made available to police.

The mum-of-one had taken son Dylan shopping and was leaving the superstore car park when an Asian man cut her up at a mini-roundabout, she said.

The drivers got out of their cars and remonstrated with each other before violence flared, with the man punching her in the cheek.

Miss Phillips said: “I bent double and stumbled and held my face. But I was more concerned about my two-year-old son in my car.

“I looked to see if he was all right and by that time, the man had run back to his car and driven off.”

Chief Inspector Mick Hanks, of Airedale and North Bradford CID, said: “An officer attended the scene, spoke to the victim and also contacted the Morrisons and Wickes stores to inquire about CCTV, as well as the Morrisons petrol station.

“Unfortunately the incident was not captured and neither was the suspect vehicle in question.

“For the time being police have exhausted all lines of inquiry. However we will investigate any new information which comes to light.”

Anyone who saw the assault, which happened at about 11am on Monday, or who saw a red car driving away from the area should contact Airedale and North Bradford Police on 0845 6060606.

Miss Phillips said she wanted the incident to be treated more seriously.

She said: “The officer who came to see me said there were a lot of Asian men in their mid-20s who looked like the description I gave.

“They have said they have put it on file but, other than that, there is not much they can do about it.”

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