Knife is used in robbery attempt in Portsmouth

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A 53-YEAR-OLD woman was threatened in an attempted knife-point robbery.

The victim was approached by a man who stood behind her near the bike shed in Asda car park at The Bridge Centre, Fratton, and demanded money.

The woman told him she was not going to give him her money and turned away.

But he pushed her and showed her a knife and threatened her.

The woman refused again and started to walk away when he grabbed her arm.

As she tried to walk away the man put the knife in front of her.

At this point a security guard came out of the store and the offender fled empty-handed at about 11.10pm on Friday.

The victim was not hurt.

Detective Constable Dave Anderson said: ‘I would urge anyone with information to come forward at the earliest opportunity.’

The suspect is white, aged between 20 and 30, 5ft 8in, and slim with a fair complexion.

He wore a dark woolly hat with a peak, a white hooded top, dark trousers and white trainers.

Anyone with information should call Det Con Anderson at Fratton CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.