Robber stabs woman, 72, in face in Portsmouth store raid

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A PENSIONER was tied up and stabbed in the face by a robber.

The 72-year-old woman was working in The Goldman, in Fratton Road, Fratton, Portsmouth, when she was attacked by a man who broke into the back of the shop at 4.45pm yesterday.

He put cable ties on her wrists and ankles before stabbing her.

Police say there was a struggle between them.

The woman was left with a swollen and bruised cheek.

She was taken to hospital and her injuries are not considered to be life-threatening.

Several hundred pounds was taken from the till and some jewellery were stolen.

The burglar left through the back of the shop and is believed to have made his way onto Claremont Road and Walmer Road.

Detective Inspector Christopher Parry of Portsmouth CID said: ‘This was a planned and targeted burglary, which has left a vulnerable elderly woman with a nasty facial injury, and feeling extremely shocked and upset.

‘Police would like to recognise her courage in confronting and trying to stop the burglar during such a frightening experience.

‘Several lines of enquiry to arrest a suspect are being pursued in the community where we want to hear from anyone who may have seen a man acting suspiciously on Tuesday afternoon.

‘I am appealing specifically for residents to check their gardens and bins for any discarded property, particularly a knife, any parts of a cash till, or a white sequin bag.’

The suspect is described as white, of skinny build and about 5ft 6ins tall.

He was wearing dark clothes and a balaclava.

Anyone with information should contact CID at Fratton Police Station on 101.

Alternatively, call the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.