A pregnant woman is in hospital after four cowardly burglars broke into her home and attacked her in the bedroom.

The woman, who is seven months pregnant was attacked in her home on Parrenthorn Road in Bury. The thieves searched the property’s ground floor, before going upstairs. They punched the 22 year-old expectant mother in the face and stomach, before fleeing with cash and jewellery.

The Police have slammed the “cowardly and reprehensible” crime and urged witnesses to contact them. The gang possibly made their escape in a silver VW Golf that was spotted near the scene of the crime. One member of the gang was white, of stocky build, aged about 23, 5ft 10in tall and was dressed in a black baseball cap and red gloves.

The robbery was described as "cowardly and reprehensible"

The robbery was described as “cowardly and reprehensible”

The second was aged about 18, white, about 5ft 3in tall and of a slim build. He was wearing a brown hat that had ear flaps. The other two gang members are both white.

A spokesman for the police, Constable Paul Boothwell, said: “Thankfully this traumatic incident does not appear to have caused any lasting damage to the woman or her unborn child but she has been taken to hospital as a precaution.

“To threaten and assault a heavily-pregnant woman in her own home is cowardly and reprehensible and if anyone knows anything about those responsible it is vitally important they speak to us. If you were in the area and saw anything of note or have information about the people or car involved, please call us in complete confidence.”

Anybody has has any information is urged to contact police on 0161 856 8145. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.