Police probe whether two Southsea attacks are linked

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DETECTIVES are probing whether a late-night assault and a robbery that happened within minutes of each other are linked.

A 22-year-old man was robbed of his black leather wallet and mobile phone in the Palmerston Road area of Southsea at about 2am on Sunday. He ended up in the bus stop outside NatWest bank on nearby Osborne Road where he was helped by members of the public. He suffered bruising and a bloody nose.

At about the same time a 21-year-old man was trying to give first aid to a man he had seen assaulted nearby when three men approached him and shouted ‘get off, what are you doing’ before attacking him. The victim needed stitches for a cut to his face.

Two men, aged 36 and 37, were arrested in connection with the first incident and later bailed.

Detective Constable Kristy O’Brien said: ‘At this stage we are investigating where or not some of the same people were involved in both incidents.’ Call Det Con Fiona Wright with information on the first incident and Det Con O’Brien about the second on 101.