TWO ‘cowardly’ robberies in which women were attacked by masked men are being linked by police.
A 63-year-old Portsmouth woman had got off the number three bus in Fratton Road, Fratton shortly before the first robbery.
When she reached Buckland Path the woman was pushed to the ground, suffering bruising and swelling to her face.
Her bank card and a council bus pass in a red holder were snatched.
The victim was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham with a suspected broken cheekbone following the robbery, which happened between 7pm and 7.20pm on Thursday.
In the second incident, which also happened on Thursday night, a 24-year-old Portsmouth woman was pushed to the ground in Cornwallis Crescent, Landport. Robbers tried to snatch her bag and the handle broke. But they fled empty- handed.
Police believe the robberies were carried out by two or three men wearing balaclavas or black hooded tops with scarves covering their faces.
Detective Constable Allison Fraser said: ‘We are keen to speak to two girls who spoke to the lady as she got off the bus. They are described as being around 15 years of age, one with blonde hair, the other was a brunette.
‘I appeal to others to please come forward if they saw what happened or know who the offenders were or they recover any stolen items as above. These were cowardly attacks on lone women from behind, meaning their victims did not see the faces of their attackers.’
Call Det Con Fraser on 101.