Homeless man left to go hungry after thief takes all his money

The Co-op store where the incident took place

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A HOMELESS man has told of his despair at being left penniless by a thief who stole all of his money.

The victim, Steven – who does not want to use his full name for fear of repercussions – was in Bridport Street, near Dale Park House, in Landport, Portsmouth, when a man approached him and asked for a cigarette.

The 33-year-old reached into his pocket and pulled out his tobacco and the £90 he had to live on for the next two weeks.

But the thief spotted the cash and snatched it, running off towards Upper Arundel Street shortly after 2pm on Monday.

Now Steven, who has been homeless for more than a year, is destitute until he is able to claim his next benefits entitlement later this month.

He says he will have to go without food because of the theft.

He said: ‘A man came up and asked me for a roll-up.

‘Unfortunately I pulled out some money with the tobacco. He grabbed it from my hand.

‘That’s all the money I had for two weeks. That money was for feeding myself and for everyday living. I’ll have to go hungry now. It makes me angry.

‘If the lad wanted money that much or wanted something to eat, all he had to do was ask. I’ve been there.

‘I’ve been in the position where I haven’t eaten for days, I’ve got no qualms with helping, but he basically took the lot.

‘He’s a low-life scum. Hopefully he’ll get his comeuppance.’

Now Special Constable Alex Ford is appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

SC Ford said: ‘Thefts from a person are unacceptable and the fact that this happened in daylight makes it even more important the public is vigilant in helping us to identify the male involved.

‘This victim is now going to have to go two weeks without food or anything else. He is effectively left with nothing.’

The public are urged to keep valuables out of sight.

People can pick up free lanyards to connect their purses to their bags from Portsmouth Central station in Winston Churchill Avenue.

The thief is white, aged between 30 and 35 and 5ft 8/9in tall with a thin build.

He wore a blue zip-up jacket, light blue jeans and well worn white trainers.

Call SC Alex Ford at Portsmouth Central police station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Callers to Crimestoppers do not have to give a name and may qualify for a cash reward.