Victim sprayed in face in attempted robbery in Southsea

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A man was sprayed in the face in an attempted robbery in Southsea.

Police revealed today that the victim was attacked with a noxious substance in the assault in Osborne Road between 12.45pm and 12.55pm on Wednesday, May 9.

Investigating officer Det Con Fiona Wright said: ‘A 51-year-old man was walking along the south pavement near Barclays Bank when he was approached by a man from behind who sprayed a noxious substance in his face before trying to steal the man’s rucksack. The man fought back and managed to keep hold of his bag.

‘Following the incident the offender ran off, joined a second waiting man and got into a vehicle in Portland Road and made off.

‘The man experienced a burning sensation when he was sprayed in the face but was left with no injuries following the incident.

‘The first man is described as white, in his late 210s or early 30s, around 5ft 7ins tall, slim build, brown hair, wearing dark clothing and jeans.

‘The second man is described as white, stocky build, 6ft 3ins tall, approximately 30 years of age.

Det Con Wright added: ‘This is an isolated attempted robbery. It was a busy lunchtime in Osborne Road. There were passers by who assisted the victim following the incident. We would appeal to these people and anyone else who saw what happened to come forward.’

Anyone with information should contact DC Wright at Fratton police station on 101. Mini-Com users can call the police on 01962 875000. Information can be given anonymously by calling the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.