18-year-old woman attacked in subway was left with ‘slash marks’ on back

Six burglaries were reported in Hillmorton on Friday
Six burglaries were reported in Hillmorton on Friday

Attacker followed his victim for a mile before assault in city alleyway

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A TEENAGER was left with ‘slash marks’ on her back after she was attacked while riding her bike under a subway in Portsmouth.

The 18-year-old was knocked unconscious from her bike and attacked as she tried riding under the Market Way Roundabout subway at around 2am on Monday.

She was unaware who her attackers were, rode home and her family called Hampshire Police at around 3.20am to report the situation.

But they have criticised the force for not sending an officer out until about 8am that morning, prompting Hampshire Police to review their response to the attack.

The family claim they were told their daughter wasn’t a ‘priority’ given that officers needed to be on standby should incidents have occurred during the World Cup final the night before.

A police spokesman said: ‘The incident is being investigated by Portsmouth CID and we are reviewing our initial response.’

Police have stressed that the incident is not connected to Operation Bedham, which relates to three linked assaults on women in Portsmouth.

A 17-year-old boy appeared in court yesterday charged with attempted murder following the attacks in the north of the city.

Anyone with any information about the attack on Monday should call Hampshire Police on 101.