Boy fends off attacker

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A teenage boy managed to fight off an attacker who attempted to snatch his mobile phone.

Police have revealed that the 15-year-old boy was walking home in Fishbourne Road East, Chichester, at around 3.50pm on Wednesday, March 1, when he was attacked by a man at a point next to the new green bridge over the railway line, police said.

The man demanded the boy’s mobile and pushed him into a fence, but in the ensuing struggle the boy hit his attacker in the face, and the attacker fled empty handed, according to police.

Police have described the man as black, 18 to 19 years old, with a slit in his left eyebrow and black hair, wearing a black Airmax top, black jeans and grey Nike 94 trainers.

According to police, a second suspect, described as white, in his early twenties, with brown hair, and some facial stubble, wearing a white hooded top with blue in the lower chest and blue slim fit jeans, was seen nearby at the same time and is thought to have pointed out the boy to his attacker.

Police are searching for the two young men involved.

PC Trevor Pritchard said: “The boy was very shaken by the experience but was not hurt.

“If you were in the area that afternoon and saw anything of what happened, or have any other information, please contact us via 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting serial 0972 of 01/03.

People with information can also report online to https://sussex.police.uk/contact-us/response-to-appeal/or call 101.