Gang could be behind three robberies within three hours

Police are linking three crimes in Portsmouth
Police are linking three crimes in Portsmouth
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POLICE are investigating three assaults in Portsmouth they believe may be linked.

In the first assault, a 21-year-old man was walking home by himself when he was attacked by a group of up to five young men in Canal Walk, outside Windsor House, between 1.30am and 1.45am on Sunday

His iPhone 5 was taken before they ran off towards Railway View.

An hour later a 20-year-old man was walking along Somers Road, near the junction of Winston Churchill Avenue.

He was approached by a group of young men, some on bicycles. They asked for his phone and when he refused they left, only to return a short while later and for two of them to attack him.

He is in hospital suffering facial injuries.

Between 3am and 3.30am a 31-year-old man was walking through the alleyway from Winston Churchill Avenue to Tipton House play park when he was approached by a group of young men, one of whom was on a bike.

The victim was asked for his personal property by the group. When he ignored them, he was tripped over and then kicked by the group while on the floor.

The victim’s iPhone and wallet was stolen. The offenders ran away in the direction of Wellington Road after the robbery. The victim was left bruised.

Anyone with information is asked to contact CID at Fratton Police Station by phoning 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.