Hunt for would-be robber who assaulted woman in Portsmouth

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A WOULD-BE robber who hit a teenager over the head and tried to steal her bike is being hunted by police.

The 19-year-old victim was riding home from work when the man stopped her at traffic lights at the St Mary’s Road junction with Fratton Road in Fratton, Portsmouth.

He asked her for a cigarette lighter but the woman said she didn’t have one and moved on to the next set of lights.

The man then stopped her again and demanded that she hand over her bike.

The victim refused and was hit on the head three times so hard that her bike helmet broke.

Two men nearby saw what was happening and shouted at the man to stop.

He then ran off towards St Mary’s Church.

The victim suffered minor injuries to her face and neck in the attack, which happened at about 12.15am on Sunday.

The offender is described as white, aged in his early 20s, 5ft 7ins and of a thin build.

He wore a dark blue hooded top and dark tracksuit bottoms.

Witnesses should contact PC Julie Way at Portsmouth Central police station on 101 quoting crime reference number 44120010889.

Alternatively, call the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555111.