Mum has hair set alight by thieves who stole phone as she pushed baby in buggy

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Mum Siobhan Regan was attacked by two men as she pushed her buggy in Swindon (Picture: John Regan)
Mum Siobhan Regan was attacked by two men as she pushed her buggy in Swindon (Picture: John Regan)

Two muggers attacked a mum and set her hair on fire as she pushed her baby in a buggy in Swindon.

Siobhan Regan, 24, who was also walking her dog at the time, was assaulted near Shaftesbury Lake between 10 am and 10.30 am on Tuesday.

The suspects initially asked her for a cigarette but when she said she didn’t smoke, one of the men grabbed hold of her hair and set it alight.

Ms Regan told ITV News in an interview one of the men laughed before slapping her in the face and taking her phone.

She suffered reddening to her face as a result of the attack and was also forced to cut off some of her burnt hair.

The baby was unharmed.

Police have appealed for the public's help in identifying the suspects (Picture: Getty)
Mum Siobhan Regan was attacked by two men as she pushed her buggy in Swindon (Picture: Getty)

Ms Regan’s dad John posted a picture of his daughter’s injuries on Facebook and wrote: "My daughter has been attacked and mugged whilst out with my granddaughter in the last hour by two scruffy looking males in Shaftesbury Avenue, Walcot.

"They have set fire to her hair, punched her in the face and kicked her between the legs whilst she is holding a buggy with her baby daughter in it.”

Mr Rogan told Yahoo News UK they were not looking for revenge and just wanted the men caught.

He added: “It’s horrible what they have done to her.”


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Detectives have appealed for the public’s help to find the two men responsible for the assault.

The first man is described as white, slim, with scars on his face and wearing a dark coloured hoody, jeans and a beanie hat.

The second man is described as white, slim and wearing a dark coloured tracksuit.

PC Kayne Borresen said: “This incident is obviously very concerning and would have been frightening for the woman involved.

“We are very keen to hear from anyone who was in the area and may have seen these two men and could help with our enquiries.

“We have also received a report of an incident in the same location yesterday where a woman was approached by a man in similar circumstances but he appeared to be spooked by a member of the public and he made off.

“We will be increasing patrols in the area following today’s incident.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting crime reference number 54190114888.

Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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