Police appeal for witnesses after man is bottled in Southsea

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POLICE are trying to trace witnesses after a man was attacked with a bottle.

The 38-year-old victim was sitting on a bench outside the Subway sandwich shop at the junction of Palmerston Road, Clarendon Road and Osborne Road, in Southsea, when he was attacked.

Police say he was with two women when a man attacked him from behind, smashing the bottle over his head before heading off down Clarendon Road.

The attack happened between 1.30am and 2.15am on Saturday, March 17, and police are particularly keen to speak to two women who may have seen the attacker.

PC David Merryweather, who is investigating the case, said: ‘We believe this was an unprovoked attack, which left the victim in need of hospital treatment.

‘Police would like to thank members of the public who have helped with enquiries so far.

‘There are reports that the assault may have been witnessed by at least two other unknown members of the public who later told one of the victim’s female friends that the suspect was seen to leave in a dark-coloured car.’

The attacker was white, in his early 20s and wearing a pale blue orange striped polo T-shirt and blue jeans.

He was 6ft, skinny and had short brown hair.

Anyone with information should contact PC Merryweather at Fratton police station on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.