A WOMAN has spoken out after a bike thief left her with a broken cheekbone and whiplash during a violent robbery.
Emma Tregidga had swelling and bruises after the attack in a stairwell at a block of flats in Mantle Close, Rowner, Gosport.
Speaking to The News, the mum of one said: ‘He threw me against the concrete floor and I stayed there until I left.
‘I was scared, I didn’t want to get up. I just waited until I couldn’t hear him.
‘It was such a shock – I felt so scared it could have been anything.’
It happened on the ground floor after Emma, 35, had come out of her flat and was getting her bike.
She added: ‘I noticed the bloke was there but didn’t think anything of it until I turned around to get my bike and felt his hand on my shoulder.
‘I’ve got a fractured cheekbone and I’ve got whiplash. It swelled up.’
A friend took her to hospital where she was checked by doctors and had an X-ray.
Emma is now too scared to go back to her flat and is looking for a new place to live with her seven-year-old daughter.
She added: ‘I won’t be going back there. Ever since it happened I’ve got to have someone walk with me to go and pick up my daughter.
‘I used to always go out on my own. It’s lowered my confidence about going outside. I wouldn’t want my daughter to go back there.’
Emma said she is suffering from headaches following the attack, which happened at 1pm last Thursday.
Her purple and pink mountain bike is worth around £100 to £150.
The robber was white, in his mid-20s, about 6ft and muscular and had broad shoulders.
He had short brown hair and was wearing a black or dark navy puffa-type jacket and light trousers, or stonewash jeans.
Detective Constable Martin Campbell is the investigating officer.
He said: ‘This was a cowardly attack which left the victim very frightened and upset.’
Police want to hear from anyone who was in the area or saw a man fitting the suspect’s description.
Call police on 101 and quote crime reference 44140070210.