Harriet Harman, MP for Peckham and Camberwell, has demanded answers today after it was revealed a heavily pregnant assault victim waited over an hour for an ambulance which never came.
Malorie Bantala, 21, was 32 weeks pregnant, when she was set upon by two men wearing motorbike helmets in Talfourd Place, Peckham, just after 8pm on Monday evening.
A neighbour called the ambulance at 8.16pm, but it never arrived and the police ended up cancelling it at 9.45pm and rushing Ms Bantala to hospital themselves.
Ms Harman said in a statement today: “I am extremely concerned at reports that no ambulance attended the scene and that ultimately, as I understand, the police took Ms. Bantala to hospital over an hour after the initial call to the ambulance service was made.
“I have written to the Chief Executive of London Ambulance Service asking her to conduct an immediate and thorough investigation.”
Ms Harman added that she was “shocked and appalled” to hear of the assault on her constituent, resulting in the loss of her unborn child. “My thoughts are with her and her family,” she said, adding: ““Thankfully this appears to be an isolated incident in what is otherwise a quiet community in the heart of Peckham.
“I will continue to work closely with the police and the Council to ensure the victim receives all the support she needs.”
This morning the police charged 20-year-old, Kevin Wilson, 20, who lives on the Longfield Estate, SE1, with child destruction and GBH.
He appeared at Camberwell Magistrate’s Court today and was remanded in custody till he is due to appear at Woolwich Crown Court on July 2.