Five Portsmouth city centre stores damaged in late night attack

ATTACKED WH Smith in Commercial Road, Portsmouth
ATTACKED WH Smith in Commercial Road, Portsmouth
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POLICE are hunting a man after five shops in Portsmouth city centre were attacked late at night.

Store workers were told that the suspect walked along Commercial Road in the early hours of Saturday morning kicking, head butting and smashing shop windows.

The shops attacked were Debenhams, WH Smith, Burger King, Priceless Shoes and the Carphone Warehouse.

All were along the same side of the road and at least two door windows were smashed with one shop being broken into – although nothing is believed to have been stolen.

A shop employee, who did not want to be identified, said the police spotted the man on CCTV leaving a trail of destruction behind him.

He said: ‘They told me he was just running at the doors and head butting them.

‘Ours was smashed in when we came in on Saturday morning, but I don’t think anything was taken.

‘They seemed to think it was a drunk student on a rampage or something.

‘Hopefully they can use the CCTV footage to catch him.’

WH Smith has now boarded up its front door after it was smashed, and Priceless Shoes has already had its glass door panel replaced.

Posting on social media site Twitter on Saturday, an officer from Portsmouth police’s city centre unit said: ‘Early hours of this morning a male caused damage to four stores in the city centre, would appear he was drunk! CCTV 2b viewed so we can ID him’.

A police spokesman later confirmed five shops were damaged, and officers were in the process of reviewing all the CCTV footage from the area in the hope of tracking the man down.

He said: ‘A man was seen on Saturday morning running down Commercial Road smashing a number of windows all along the street.

‘One shop was also broken into, and we are in the process of trying to identify the suspect.’

Anyone with information can contact Hampshire Constabulary by calling 101.