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Peterborough man jailed for 7 years for plotting to kill unborn child

Jamie Smith. Photo:

A man has been jailed for plotting to have his pregnant lover attacked to kill their unborn child.

Jamie Smith, 23, came up with the plan with two friends after learning the woman had become pregnant while they were having an affair.

Steven Blades.

After deciding he did not want the child, he recruited Steven Blades and another man to carry out a vicious assault with a crowbar and a knife after luring her to a secluded park in Peterborough under the pretence of discussing the pregnancy.

An image of the knife and brace which were to be used in the attack.

Smith, of Athena Close, Stanground, Peterborough, planned to make it look like a robbery and would also be injured during the attack, Cambridgeshire Police said.

But the third man decided he did not want to get involved and tipped off police.

Officers arrested Smith and Blades shortly before the attack was due to happen on February 21.

Detective Constable Vicky Speirs, who investigated, said: "This was a sickening and extremely dangerous plot to cause a young woman to lose her unborn child.

"It is incomprehensible how anyone would want to carry out such a hurtful and violent act.

"It was an incredibly selfish act by Smith who gave no thought as to what effect his actions could potentially have on the victim.

"Given the level of violence they were prepared to use, we could quite easily have been dealing with a murder.

"Thankfully, one of those men recruited by Smith to carry out his dirty work saw sense and contacted the police so we could intervene and prevent such a serious incident taking place."

Blades, 23, of Wells Court, Peterborough, pleaded guilty to conspiring to cause grievous bodily harm.

Smith denied the charge, claiming others had come up with the plan.

But he was convicted following a five-day trial at Peterborough Crown Court.

Smith was jailed for seven years and Blades for 12 months at a hearing today, the force said.

They were both given a 10-year restraining order against the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons.