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Midwife pelted with eggs and flour by mindless yobs as she drove to see patients

A midwife was pelted with eggs, flour and water by yobs as she drove to visit vulnerable patients.

Laney Holland was out visiting mums at risk from Covid when the mindless incident happened.

She had her soft-top roof and windows down on her silver Mercedes C-Class because of the blistering temperatures in the heatwave.

The 47-year-old NHS worker from Northampton was then bombarded with the messy missiles which left her and her car covered.

She called police after the attack which happened in Coventry last week.

She said: “I go into some really vulnerable and risky areas but I’m never worried because I have a relationship with my patients, a mutual respect.”

The midwife was on her way to see patients

Detailing the incident she said she had slowed her car as she approached a large puddle from a gushing fire hydrant so as not to splash passers-by.

“As I slowed down a barrage of kids and adults came at me,” she said. “The first person pelted an egg at me and it hit me straight in the eye. I wear contact lenses and I was really struggling to see.”

The midwife explained how she slowed down as she lost visibility in one eye, at which point yobs began chucking flour and water over her.

A bag of flour hit her head and she swerved, bumping into the side of the path in her car.

She went on: “I said ‘Guys, I’m in a uniform and I’ve got electronics on my front seat’ but one of them just went ‘And?’ and they all cheered and carried on chucking stuff.”

As she desperately tried to put her roof and windows up, people continued to lob cans and bottles filled with water into the car, sloshing liquid over the dials and buttons.

The soiled car
She was driving with the top down due to the heat

“My car was completely ruined,” she said. “It must have only lasted about four minutes but God, it felt like forever.”

She said the group – whose ages ranged from between around nine to several full-grown adults, as well as several adult women, seemed completely out of control.

She said she didn’t even realise how serious the situation was until she had managed to drive off and was standing on her patient’s doorstep.

She added: “I was on autopilot. I didn’t even realise until I stood up that my uniform was completely drenched, egg-sodden and covered in flour.”

And when she arrived, her patient was actually not in – although her husband did invite her in to get cleaned up, which she politely declined.

Laney drove to a local petrol station where she washed down her car and a kind worker took pity on her and let her wash the egg out of her hair, while a colleague dropped off a spare uniform.

Laney Holland
She said her car was ruined after the incident

She said she had since been overwhelmed by support from friends and strangers after posting about the incident on Facebook.

And she was flooded with offers from local businesses who said they would valet her car for free to see if there is any lasting damage.

She said: “I think it might have been a prank that just went completely out of control.

“I know it wasn’t a personal attack on me because some of the cars in front of me at the car wash had clearly experienced it too.”

Laney suggested it may have been because of her car, or because she had turned around and asked them to stop.

But she insists she has driven through that area on a weekly basis and has never had any issues.

She said: “I think it was just a really strange one off that got really badly out of hand. There’s lots of signs in hospitals about abuse of frontline workers, but there is nothing in the community.

“Ten months ago they were clapping for us and now they’re throwing things at us?”

A spokesperson for West Midlands Police said: “We received a call regarding an assault on a Road in Coventry around 3.30pm on Wednesday (July 21).

“It is understood a woman in her 40s was hit with eggs by a group of youths while in her car.

“We’ve made an appointment to speak to the woman to obtain further information.”



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