Appeal for witnesses to violent street robbery in Portsmouth

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THESE men could be key witnesses to a late-night robbery.

Police believe the group may have seen and attack take place near St Mary’s Church in Fratton in which a man’s cash was stolen.

The 23-year-old victim, from Southsea, was walking home alone along Fratton Road near the church when he was approached by a gang of up to five people.

He was assaulted by the group, who stole £40 cash from his wallet. The victim suffered facial injuries in the attack.

The gang then ran off towards North End, Portsmouth.

The robbery happened at about 11.20pm on June 17 but police have only just released details.

Now they are appealing for the men pictured in this CCTV image to come forward.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Jackie Foley, of Portsmouth CID, said: ‘Police have been pursuing several lines of inquiry over the past month, including the examination of footage from several CCTV cameras.

‘I’m grateful to partner agencies and businesses for their co-operation and assistance.

‘We’re now in a position to release images showing a group of people I believe could be important witnesses.

‘They were in the same area of Fratton Road at around the time this robbery was reported.

‘They could have witnessed what happened or seen another group of people who were responsible for the robbery.

‘We hope the release of these CCTV images can prompt these potential witnesses to come forward or anyone else who remembers seeing a robbery in Fratton Road.’

Anyone with information is asked to call Det Con Foley at Fratton police station on 101 or 0845 0454545.

Alternatively call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555111.