Search for Southsea robber who threatened victim with knife

CCTV The blue car seen by the swimming pool on the Esplanade in Eastney

CCTV The blue car seen by the swimming pool on the Esplanade in Eastney

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AN IMAGE has been release of a man suspected of a terrifying knifepoint robbery.

The offender is believed to have picked up his victim, a 61-year-old man, on Sunday, May 20 at around 8.30pm.

E-FIT A likeness of the suspect

E-FIT A likeness of the suspect

He was driving a blue car and met his passenger by Marine Court in Southsea.

Then the two men drove round various car parks in Southsea, before arriving at the Ferry Road car park area – next to the Hayling Ferry – at about 9.30pm.

The driver produced a knife and demanded that the victim empty his pockets.

He was forced to hand over more than £100 and his mobile phone before being told to get out of the vehicle, which then sped off.

The robber is a white man, about 40 years old, of a large build, with a bald or shaven head and a fair complexion.

He was reported to be wearing a plain white T-shirt and blue or black tracksuit bottoms.

PC Steve Bourne said: ‘The victim in this case got into the vehicle believing the driver was interested in sexual activity.

‘Thankfully, he was not injured, but he has been left very shaken by what’s happened and had a considerable amount of money stolen.

‘I’m appealing for anyone who recognises the suspect either from his description or from the e-fit to come forward.’

PC Mike Barton is a lesbian and gay liaison officer assigned to the investigation and said victims shouldn’t fear coming forward.

He said: ‘If you’ve been the victim of a similar incident we want to hear from you.

‘We’re not here to make moral judgements about the circumstances but to investigate the offence.

‘It’s important we know about such crimes because these sorts of offenders will often prey on vulnerable people who meet strangers for sex thinking it’s unlikely they’ll speak to the police.

‘People can always ask to speak to a lesbian and gay liaison officer whenever you call Hampshire Constabulary.’

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Bourne at Fratton police station on 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

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