Worker hit by Portsmouth robber as he tried to bank takings

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A ROBBER repeatedly punched his victim in the head in a botched attempt to steal a bag full of money,

The victim was about to deposit £11,000 of takings from a local business at the Post Office in McColls, London Road and Torrington Road junction, North End, when the attack happened.

A 22-year-old man got out of a car which he and his colleague had travelled in, and was walking to the front of McColls when a man tried to snatch the bag containing the money from behind him.

The victim refused to let go of the red sports bag and the robber punched him in the head several times whilst demanding the bag be handed over.

After a few minutes of struggling the offender ran away empty-handed.

Police are calling for witness to the incident which happened between 10.50am and 11am on Monday.

The robber was white, aged 20 to 22, around 5ft 9in, of a medium to chubby build, baby-faced, with short brown hair.

He was wearing a grey long-sleeved sweatshirt and brown chino style trousers.

PC Sabrina West, said: ‘The incident took place in broad daylight and at the time there were lots of people in this busy shopping area. I’m appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident or has any other information about what happened, to come forward.’

Anyone with information should contact Cosham police station on 101 or 0845 045 4545, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.