A man has been arrested after he allegedly punched his girlfriend in the stomach; the 16 year-old was seven months into her pregnancy and the assault caused her to lose the baby.

An 18 year-old man is being held for the assault

An 18 year-old man is being held for the assault

The police were called to a report of a domestic incident in Copster Hill Park, in Oldham near Manchester, yesterday. When they arrived they found the girl had been assaulted and she was taken to hospital where she lost the baby.

Police have said they are treating this as a domestic-related incident and have arrested an 18 year-old man on suspicion of child destruction and a Section 18 Assault. The man is being held in police custody pending further investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Jamie Daniels is in charge of investigating the assault. He gave a statement, saying: “The circumstances surrounding this are exceptionally tragic. We have specially trained officers supporting the girl, who is distraught by what happened in a way I cannot begin to imagine.

“To punch a heavily pregnant woman in the stomach is an unthinkable act and I can only reassure people that we are doing everything we can to fully and thoroughly investigate the full circumstances of this appalling crime.”