A WOMAN was punched in the face by a vicious thief who stole her mobile phone and handbag.
The 50-year-old woman was walking down the alleyway between Sheffield Road to Guildford Road, in Fratton, where she reached into her handbag to get her phone out.
As always, we would encourage people to be aware of their surroundings especially when walking in secluded areas aloneDetective constable Duncan Green
As she turned a corner the woman almost bumped into a man coming from the opposite direction. He then went on to carry out the brutal attack.
As the victim struggled to keep hold of her bag the offender pushed and punched her in the face, causing her to let go of the handbag.
The man took her purse and mobile phone before running off down the alleyway and going either in to Sandringham Road or Guildford Road, in Fratton.
The attack happened just after 9.30am on Saturday, October 10.
The stolen items were a gold Samsung Galaxy S5, valued at £500. It was in a turquoise green leather pocket case with peach colour stitches around the edge.
Also stolen was a sky blue coloured purse with a little metal turtle stuck on the bottom right corner.
The purse contained £55 in notes, about £10 in pound coins, and some other loose change; bank cards and loyalty cards.
The victim has suffered from pain in her face and has sustained a slight cut to her finger.
The offender is described as white, aged about 30 to 35 years, of slim build and about 5ft 8ins tall.
He had stubble on his face, rough-looking skin and short straight brown/dark brown hair.
He wore a dark grey sweatshirt with a round neck, which had a large pattern on the front, and dark grey tracksuit bottoms.
Detective Constable Duncan Green said: ‘I would like to hear from anyone who may have been in or around the alleyways that run between Guildford Road, Sheffield Road and Sandringham Road at around 9.30am on Saturday, October 10.
‘Did you see a man running from the area or did you hear a woman shouting?
‘As always, we would encourage people to be aware of their surroundings especially when walking in secluded areas alone.’
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Det Con Green at Fratton police station by calling 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.