NEIGHBOURS have spoken of their shock after a pregnant woman was punched on her doorstep as she held her toddler in her arms.
The assault happened after three men knocked on the 33-year-old’s home in Agincourt Road, Buckland, asking for a man who they said owed them money.
When the mother said she did not know the man, who used to live at the house, one of the men punched her making her bleed over her one-year-old child.
It happened on Friday, February 6 between 2.30pm and 2.50pm but police have just released details.
Neighbour Paul Jeram, 59, said he was appalled to hear about the attack.
He said: ‘It’s outrageous. What are our streets coming to when this happens in your own home, your own castle?
‘You don’t expect that sort of thing to happen, especially in broad daylight.
‘People look out for people down here. I can’t believe it.’
Vicky Hayes, 35, who also lives in the road, said she was surprised to hear about the attack in what is normally a safe street.
Ms Hayes said: ‘I’m shocked it’s happened down here. There’s not often trouble here.
‘Everybody down here knows each other.
‘It’s a good, safe street to live and there’s a real community.’
Ambulance staff later treated the woman, who was left badly shaken by the attack with a bruised and bleeding nose.
The phone line at her home had also been cut.
The group of men left in a small, dark-green two-door car after the attack.
Hampshire police have launched an investigation and have released a description of the woman’s attacker.
Police say the man was stocky and had strawberry-blond hair.
He wore a beige pullover with duffle buttons and had a southern English accent.
All three of the men where white and in their 30s.
Detective Constable Peter Bugden said: ‘This was a despicable and cowardly attack on a heavily pregnant young mum.
‘It would have been obvious to the men she was expecting and also obvious she had a young child in her arms.
‘We are keen to find the three men as soon as possible – especially the attacker.
‘I’d like to hear from anyone who has any information about this assault or who saw the car or anything suspicious in Agincourt Road at around the time the attack happened.’
Anyone with information should call Fratton CID on 101.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.