A WOMAN has fled Portsmouth after being punched in the head during a robbery in broad daylight.
Emma Scott, who until last week lived in Dupree Drive, Southsea, was walking alone in Goldsmith Avenue, near the Shell petrol station in Southsea, when she was approached by two men who set upon her and took her mobile phone.
Now the 25-year-old has packed up and moved back to Southampton in the wake of the attack – despite the rate of robberies being much higher there.
Miss Scott said: ‘I was on my way to the train station. I was on the phone to my brother because he was going to meet me at Southampton.
‘I could see two men coming towards me but I didn’t really pay much attention. The next thing I knew there was one of them either side of me, so I was in the middle and I was being punched in the back of the head.
‘I fell to the ground. As I did that I dropped my phone and they grabbed my phone and ran off.’
There were 410 reported robberies in Southampton in the past year compared to 229 in Portsmouth according to Hampshire Constabulary.
However since the robbery, which happened about 2.40pm on February 1, and family circumstances, Miss Scott says she feels safer in Southampton. She added: ‘I’ve moved now. It’s made me realise that in Portsmouth there aren’t many places I could go to if I needed help. It left me quite shaken up.’
Detective Constable Craig Turner said: ‘We’re keen to speak to any witnesses with information and in particular the kindly, elderly gentleman that came to the victim’s aid.’
The first robber is a mixed race man, aged in his mid-30s, 6ft 2ins tall and of a medium build. He had a shaved head, a tattoo on his face and wore a black puffa jacket and dark blue jeans.
The second man is white, in his late 20s, 5ft 6in tall and of a medium build with short, spiky hair. He wore a beige leather jacket and fluorescent lightweight jacket with a blue hood.
Call Det Con Turner at Fratton station on 101.