Pregnant woman attacked outside Watford Junction station

A pregnant woman was left beaten and bruised outside Watford Junction station after being assaulted in her car on Wednesday.

The 26-year-old from Buckinghamshire was attacked in the face and stomach by a woman who pulled open the victim's car door in the station's bus stop area.

The incident took place shortly after 5pm.

The offender is described as a black woman with her hair tied back, wearing dark clothing and trainers, and carrying holdalls or bags over her shoulder.

PC Dean Woodgate, said: “This was a nasty incident where the victim received some bruising.

“I would really encourage anyone who has any information or who can identify the offender to come forward.”

Anyone with any information is asked to telephone 0845 33 00 222 or 0800 555111.

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8:00pm Fri 13 Feb 09

gappa says...

Have you noticed how quick the reporter likes to press the word "BLACK" if it was a white woman who assaulted her;they would just a "woman" without mentioning the colour. Well I guess that's the world for you.
Have you noticed how quick the reporter likes to press the word "BLACK" if it was a white woman who assaulted her;they would just a "woman" without mentioning the colour. Well I guess that's the world for you. gappa

8:30pm Fri 13 Feb 09

Roy Stockdill says...

You are being hypersensitive.

The description of the attacker has clearly been supplied by the police, not by the reporter, and there is a good reason for it, i.e. the better the description the greater the chance of the assailant being caught.

Stories of crimes on this website and in newspapers frequently cite the skin colour of the alleged criminal, whether, white, black or Asian, and rightly so. When you are dealing with crimes and the police want to give a decent description of the criminal, then political correctness quite rightly goes out of the window.

To imply some kind of prejudice on the part of the reporter only goes to illustrate your ignorance of how these matters are reported, I'm afraid. The fact that the alleged criminal in this case was a black woman is quite plainly of importance, as equally it would have been had it been a white male.
You are being hypersensitive. The description of the attacker has clearly been supplied by the police, not by the reporter, and there is a good reason for it, i.e. the better the description the greater the chance of the assailant being caught. Stories of crimes on this website and in newspapers frequently cite the skin colour of the alleged criminal, whether, white, black or Asian, and rightly so. When you are dealing with crimes and the police want to give a decent description of the criminal, then political correctness quite rightly goes out of the window. To imply some kind of prejudice on the part of the reporter only goes to illustrate your ignorance of how these matters are reported, I'm afraid. The fact that the alleged criminal in this case was a black woman is quite plainly of importance, as equally it would have been had it been a white male. Roy Stockdill

10:02pm Fri 13 Feb 09

Wilkinson says...

Here here Roy,

I'm actually gonna applaud the Lib Dem weekly for actually publishing a proper description of the attacker, as in the past we have not seen this. It's vital that every detail is mentioned, gappa your very foolish to suggest otherwise.
Here here Roy, I'm actually gonna applaud the Lib Dem weekly for actually publishing a proper description of the attacker, as in the past we have not seen this. It's vital that every detail is mentioned, gappa your very foolish to suggest otherwise. Wilkinson

10:30pm Fri 13 Feb 09

nk91 says...

thanks to the description, i realised i actually was there when the incident happened.
thanks to the description, i realised i actually was there when the incident happened. nk91

12:43am Sat 14 Feb 09

Roy Stockdill says...

nk91 wrote:
thanks to the description, i realised i actually was there when the incident happened.
Well I trust you have given a statement to the police? Every detail can help in apprehending this criminal.
[quote][p][bold]nk91[/bold] wrote: thanks to the description, i realised i actually was there when the incident happened.[/p][/quote]Well I trust you have given a statement to the police? Every detail can help in apprehending this criminal. Roy Stockdill

9:51am Sat 14 Feb 09

Bendean says...

You're way off Gappa. Our press genarally (not WO necessarily) mostly exclude the colour of criminals unless thay are white! So much so that if colour is not mentioned, assumption is that they are black! Check it out.
You're way off Gappa. Our press genarally (not WO necessarily) mostly exclude the colour of criminals unless thay are white! So much so that if colour is not mentioned, assumption is that they are black! Check it out. Bendean

11:48am Sat 14 Feb 09

gangerman says...

nk91 wrote:
thanks to the description, i realised i actually was there when the incident happened.
What an inane statement, surely the description ie; tied back hair,dark clothing, black woman and holdalls had no bearing on your realisation.
Now 5pm, Watford Station is a very good indicator I would think.
Did you witness the assault?
If so did you make any effort to assist during or after?
Report it to anyone at the time ? To quote gappa " well thats the world for you"
[quote][p][bold]nk91[/bold] wrote: thanks to the description, i realised i actually was there when the incident happened.[/p][/quote]What an inane statement, surely the description ie; tied back hair,dark clothing, black woman and holdalls had no bearing on your realisation. Now 5pm, Watford Station is a very good indicator I would think. Did you witness the assault? If so did you make any effort to assist during or after? Report it to anyone at the time ? To quote gappa " well thats the world for you" gangerman

7:23pm Sun 15 Feb 09

Fly in the ointment says...

Do not be racist.
Racism is a crime.
And as you should know,
Crime is for idiots and foreigners.
Do not be racist. Racism is a crime. And as you should know, Crime is for idiots and foreigners. Fly in the ointment

11:14pm Sun 15 Feb 09

Roy Stockdill says...

Well, actually, the crime here is a serious assault on a pregnant woman. The skin colour of the assailant is irrelevant except in the context of the description, which is entirely justified in the circumstances.
Well, actually, the crime here is a serious assault on a pregnant woman. The skin colour of the assailant is irrelevant except in the context of the description, which is entirely justified in the circumstances. Roy Stockdill

8:57am Mon 16 Feb 09

Paradise Watford says...

What a sad world we live in, and incidents like this only support that feeling. To attack anyone is bad enough but a pregnant lady! What if she had lost her unborn child? I hope whoever did this is caught and charged with attempted murder.

As to catching the person, from the description (of what she was carrying) is it fair to say she possibly had just come off/was about to get on a train? Surely cctv at the Junction and other stations may indicate where she came from/where she was going. Hopefully too it might show her buying her ticket and with any luck she used a credit or debit card and she can be traced that way.

And those of you who think mentioning the colour of the attacker is racist what do you want? Do you want an attacker, a potential murdered to be caught or do you want to be a bit hypersensitive and not 'offend'? Get a life, a description is a description if this person was black then she was black and should be described as such!

Any ideas why this attack took place? Was it truly random or where they known to each other or is there a background story to this attack?
What a sad world we live in, and incidents like this only support that feeling. To attack anyone is bad enough but a pregnant lady! What if she had lost her unborn child? I hope whoever did this is caught and charged with attempted murder. As to catching the person, from the description (of what she was carrying) is it fair to say she possibly had just come off/was about to get on a train? Surely cctv at the Junction and other stations may indicate where she came from/where she was going. Hopefully too it might show her buying her ticket and with any luck she used a credit or debit card and she can be traced that way. And those of you who think mentioning the colour of the attacker is racist what do you want? Do you want an attacker, a potential murdered to be caught or do you want to be a bit hypersensitive and not 'offend'? Get a life, a description is a description if this person was black then she was black and should be described as such! Any ideas why this attack took place? Was it truly random or where they known to each other or is there a background story to this attack? Paradise Watford

11:31am Mon 16 Feb 09

Phoenix Keeper says...

Seems to be more to this than just a random attack as nothing seems to have been stolen from reading the report and to pull open the door of the car suggests that the assailant knew who she was looking for.
Seems to be more to this than just a random attack as nothing seems to have been stolen from reading the report and to pull open the door of the car suggests that the assailant knew who she was looking for. Phoenix Keeper

12:58pm Mon 16 Feb 09

Paradise Watford says...

Just guessing but maybe whilst driving into the Junction the driver had a 'near miss' with her attacker who went to where she was parked and attacked her.

Like I said just a guess, but only thing I could think of it they were not known to each other (apart from the attacker being a total and utter nutcase - which she probably is anyway - and this really being a random attack)
Just guessing but maybe whilst driving into the Junction the driver had a 'near miss' with her attacker who went to where she was parked and attacked her. Like I said just a guess, but only thing I could think of it they were not known to each other (apart from the attacker being a total and utter nutcase - which she probably is anyway - and this really being a random attack) Paradise Watford

3:12pm Mon 16 Feb 09

Lisajane says...

This attacker is an evil scumbag and a full description should be made public. She happens to be black, but whatever colour she was, she'd still be an evil scumbag. Who cares what colour an offender is? Whatever their colour they deserve to be locked up - especially for attacking a pregnant woman.
This attacker is an evil scumbag and a full description should be made public. She happens to be black, but whatever colour she was, she'd still be an evil scumbag. Who cares what colour an offender is? Whatever their colour they deserve to be locked up - especially for attacking a pregnant woman. Lisajane

2:47pm Wed 18 Feb 09

pe says...

im suprised there wasn't a gun involved
im suprised there wasn't a gun involved pe

9:00am Thu 19 Feb 09

Paradise Watford says...

PE, your comment could be construed as being racist - please clarify what you mean.

What I am suprised about is that its a weekday, its 5pm so rush hour so where were all the good samaritans when this was taking place? The bus stops usually have a number of people hanging around, did none of them step in to stop this attack?

I know the story was brief but if no one who was there stepped in then shame on you
PE, your comment could be construed as being racist - please clarify what you mean. What I am suprised about is that its a weekday, its 5pm so rush hour so where were all the good samaritans when this was taking place? The bus stops usually have a number of people hanging around, did none of them step in to stop this attack? I know the story was brief but if no one who was there stepped in then shame on you Paradise Watford

1:41pm Thu 19 Feb 09

pe says...

being racist? i dont think so.
being racist? i dont think so. pe
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