Police hunt four people over delivery man attack

Chief Inspector Sharon Woolrich

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POLICE are hunting four people after a pizza delivery driver was attacked in Portsmouth.

The 27-year-old was in his car, delivering pizzas, when he had a near miss with a cyclist at the junction of Beresford Road and Stubbington Avenue.

Police say he apologised to the cyclist and continued on over the junction before stopping to allow oncoming traffic through. The cyclist then caught up with him and started verbally and racially abusing the victim.

Another car stopped and three men got out of the car and joined in, goading the cyclist.

The victim, who had also got out of his car, was then attacked and had his car keys taken from the ignition.

PC Marc Norris, who is investigating the incident which took place at about 3.30pm on Saturday, said: ‘It does not appear that the three men who stopped in the car knew the cyclist, it seemed they had just stopped to join in. I would urge anyone who witnessed the incident, or has any information, to come forward.’

The cyclist is described as white, 6ft, unshaven, with very short hair, aged in his 30s, of large build and wearing jeans and a grey top. Three men from the car are white, aged 18 to 25. The car was a light blue/silver colour. Call 101.