A 37-year-old man was arrested today after a pregnant woman lost her baby after being kicked in a racist attack.
The 34-year-old woman was shopping at a Co-op store in Bletchley, Bucks., close to the Hazrath Shahjalal Jamie Masjid mosque, when she was followed to her car and kicked to the floor,
She was taken to hospital where it was found her unborn child had died.
A 40-year-old man was also assaulted during the incident on August 6 and had to be taken to the nearby hospital after suffering head injuries.
Labour councillor Mohammed Khan for Bletchley East Ward said the attack shouldn’t have been “allowed to happen”.
He said: I want to make sure this person gets prosecuted because this woman has lost her baby-this can’t be allowed to happen.
“I’m very sad that she lost her baby but glad that she’s alright.
“I don’t think the government realise the impact leaving the EU is having on our European communities living here.
“A lot of my Polish friends say they are thinking of leaving… Lots of people tell them you should go back to your country now and that’s wrong.
“This is their livelihood…they live here and contribute to our country so how dare someone tell them to leave.
“It’s not sentimental, it’s about fear-lots of them think when they come out that people will tell them they should go back to their country and that’s wrong.
“A lot of my communities feel fear-the mosque was vandalised a couple of days ago.”
Cllr Khan said he was also concerned that the number of hate crimes had increased since Britain voted to leave the EU.
He added: “If we don’t campaign on this, these sorts of things are going to happen more.
“The government are not doing enough to tackle the problem [hate crimes].”
PC Richard Armitage of Milton Keynes Police said: “This racially aggravated assault had absolutely devastating consequences for the victim, who lost her baby as a result of the attack.
“Our thoughts are with her and her family at this incredibly difficult and sad time.”
Anyone with any information should contact police on 101.