Knifeman hunted after Portsmouth robbery bid

Police are hunting a would-be robber
Police are hunting a would-be robber

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A KNIFE-WIELDING would-be robber who threatened a man in an underpass is being hunted by police.

The victim, 25, was walking through an underpass by Northern Road in Cosham when he was approached between 1.15pm and 1.25pm on Tuesday.The man approached him with what appeared to be a knife after asking for money.

The victim pushed him away and he fled along Southampton Road. The victim was not hurt and nothing was stolen.

Detectives are keeping an open mind as to whether a 16-year-old boy robbed between Blakemere Crescent and Meadowsweet Way in Paulsgrove on Monday night was targeted by the same man.

Det Con Chris Dinenage said: ‘This was a cowardly unprovoked attack where the offender targeted a man who refused to be intimidated.’

The suspect is white, in his late 20s, 5ft 6/7in tall and scruffy with a fresh looking scar on inside of his right forearm.

He wore a thin, plain black beanie hat, a long sleeved top and trousers and bright blue trainers. He had a half-full black bin liner wrapped around his left hand.

Call Det Con Dinenage at Fratton CID on 101.