Knife-wielding raiders stab 74-year-old at Portsmouth flats

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A PENSIONER was stabbed by knife-wielding robbers after they attempted to raid his Portsmouth home.

The 74-year-old man was left with stab wounds and was ‘very shaken’ by what police say was a ‘violent attack’.

It happened after the victim discovered an intruder in the communal lounge of Sydenham Court, in Berkshire Close, Landport, where he lives.

He spotted a torch light and when he entered the lounge he saw the burglar and challenged him.

But the offender was then joined by a second man, who attacked him with what was believed to be a knife and was left with minor stab wounds.

The offenders left the court, which cares for elderly and vulnerable people, empty-handed.

The attack happened at 10.30pm on Friday, October 15, and police have released details today along with an E-fit of someone they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

He is described as a white man, aged 17 or 18, around 5ft 5ins tall, with a stocky build, fair hair, cut short at the sides but longer on top and parted in the middle.

He was wearing a light-blue or grey hooded top and bottoms, and spoke with a local accent.

The second suspect is described as a white man, in his 30s, between 5ft 8ins and 5ft 9ins, with a thin build.

He was wearing dark clothing and had dark, curly ‘messy’ hair.

Detective constable Roy Kimber of Fratton CID, said: ‘This was a violent attack on an elderly gentleman who was simply trying to look out for his neighbours.

‘They clearly targeted a residential block which is supposed to be a safe haven for some of the more vulnerable members of the community, and then when challenged by a brave resident resorted to a cowardly attack on him.’

Anyone with any information should call police on 101 and quote the reference 44150359013. Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.