Teenage robbers racially abuse and attack woman

Taxi driver assaulted by youth with knife in Southsea

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TEENAGE robbers racially abused a woman before kicking her to the ground and stealing her handbag.

The 47-year-old victim was confronted by a group of three young people as she was walking in Waterloo Street, Southsea.

Turning her back on them she was subjected to racist abuse before one of the teenagers kicked at her legs and she fell on the ground.

Another took her handbag and its contents including £100 in cash, two mobile phones and a gold bracelet.

The attack took place outside the Somers Town adventure playground at about 9.30pm, on Thursday, April 14.

The suspects ran off south down Waterloo Street, and the victim described them as white men, about 5ft 7ins and wearing T-shirts.

Detective Constable Amanda Waite, from Portsmouth CID, said: ‘Although the victim didn’t suffer any permanent injuries, she has been clearly upset by the robbery and use of physical violence and racial abuse against her.

‘I’m looking to identify the men involved and am appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident who knows who did it to come forward in confidence.

‘There may have been someone nearby whose attention was drawn to it because of the raised voices and language used.

‘Police in Portsmouth won’t tolerate such abusive behaviour.’

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