A MAN was sprayed in the face with a noxious liquid during an attempted robbery.
The 51-year-old victim was walking alone on the pavement near Barclays Bank in Osborne Road, Southsea, when a man approached him from behind.
He sprayed the substance in the man’s face before trying to steal his rucksack.
The man fought back and managed to keep hold of his bag.
He suffered a burning sensation when sprayed in the face, but was uninjured following the robbery attempt, which happened between 12.45pm and 12.55pm on Wednesday.
The would-be robber escaped and joined a second man who was waiting nearby, got into a car in Portland Road and they fled the scene.
It is not known what liquid was sprayed in the victim’s face.
Detective Constable Fiona Wright is investigating. She said: ‘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.’
The first man is white, aged in his late 20s or early 30s, about 5ft 7in tall and of a slim build with brown hair. He wore dark clothes and jeans.
The other man is white, of a stocky build, 6ft 3in tall and aged about 30.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Det Con Wright at Fratton police station on 101 quoting crime reference number 44120177981.
Alternatively call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555111.