Lucy Werner, who's just a fortnight from her due date, was left badly shaken
Lucy Werner, who's just a fortnight from her due date, was left badly shaken up after she was ambushed by the motorbike brute as she walked home.
The frightening incident comes as shock figures show ruthless scooter gangs carry out up to 50,000 crimes every year in the capital.
Mrs Werner, 34, decided to talk about her terrifying ordeal in a bid to warn others, particularly schoolchildren, to be extra vigilant after she was attacked.
She said: “Although I'm fine it was naturally very shocking and I can't believe they are targeting pregnant women.
“There is just no shame.”
She was listening to music on her iPhone in Haggerston, Hackney, east London, last Thursday when she heard a roar behind her.
“He managed to rip the phone out of my headset, but I screamed and yanked my arm back,“ said Mrs Werner, who runs her own PR company.
“I don't know if being pregnant stopped him from being more violent or if he targeted me because I was pregnant.”
Mrs Werner, who's eight and a half months pregnant, said she was gripping her mobile in her hand when the opportunist thief struck her.
'I can't believe they are targeting pregnant women'
“It was tucked in and tightly gripped in the palm of my hand.
“That makes me think I'd probably been targeted and he circled back because he wouldn't have seen the phone from behind.
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“I'm not particularly a hard girl but because I was pregnant I felt so fragile afterwards,“ she said.
“I thought he could have pulled me over or pushed me over.
“I'm not very fast on my feet at the moment.”
Moped and bicycle phone muggings are shooting through the roof with about 12 sets being stolen in Hackney alone every day.
The terrifying new crimewave is overwhelming the Met Police stretched to the limit by two deadly terrorist onslaughts in the last few weeks.
Mrs Werner said she was already fully aware of the constant street threat.
But she said she assumed victims were usually targeted on busier streets or outside Tube stations.
“Queensbridge Road is a quiet, residential street and there are so many schoolkids on their phones not thinking anything,” said Mrs Werner.