Police hunt man for theft and assault at Albert Road Co-op

CCTV Image of the suspect
CCTV Image of the suspect
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POLICE want to speak to this man who is wanted for a theft and assault in Southsea.

Officers say he walked into the Co-op on Albert Road, Southsea, picked up three bottles of champagne and then tried to leave the shop without paying.

He was stopped by a security officer who recovered two of the bottles but when he tried to get another bottle from his bag, the offender punched him in the chest.

The thief then ran off up Albert Road, pursued by another member of staff who was also punched as he tried to stop him.

The security officer received bruised ribs, and the other member of staff sustained a black eye.

Police have now released this CCTV of the man they want to speak to in connection with the incident, which took place at 1.50pm on Sunday, February 19.

PC David Tester, said: ‘I am appealing for anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV to come forward and speak to us.

‘This incident occurred at lunchtime in a busy part of town, and the suspect was seen to run east along Albert Road.

‘Someone must have seen this man as he ran, anyone who has any information about the incident to help identify this man, or where he went, should contact us.’

The stolen bottle of champage is worth £28.99.

The man police want to speak to is described as white, aged in his early 20s, of slim build, and about 5ft 10ins.

He had thick, dark brown, scruffy hair which was collar length.

He was wearing a blue jacket, a T-shirt with thick red and blue horizontal stripes, and black shoes.

Call PC Tester at Fratton police station on 101 or Crimestoppers, annonymously, on 0800 555 111.