POLICE have widened the search for the man wanted in connection with the attempted murder of a teenager in Portsmouth.
Following the release of CCTV images and an appeal directly to the community with a £5,000 reward on offer for information, police are now looking to other forces which are connected to Hampshire Constabulary.
A 17-year-old girl was left with serious head injuries after she was attacked with a hammer in Shearer Road, Fratton, Portsmouth, just before 7pm on Monday, April 11.
The hunt for the suspect has now stretched to areas of Dorset, Surrey, Sussex and up to London.
Police also believe the man was in the area of Commercial Road/Edinburgh Road on Saturday, April 9 and have reason to believe he was in the Queen Street area of Portsea, Portsmouth, between April 9 to 11.
Detective Chief Inspector Liz Williams said: ‘We have had a very positive response to our appeals for information so far in Portsmouth but we are continuing to use every opportunity to identify this man.
‘Portsmouth is a busy city, which has good transport links to Dorset, Surrey, Sussex and London, and so we’re sharing our appeal in those areas and would urge anyone who knows this man to come forward.
‘This was a vicious attack on a 17-year-old girl and she has been left with life-changing injuries.
‘There is a £5,000 reward on offer for information that leads to a successful prosecution in this case so I would encourage people to look at this CCTV and contact either the police or Crimestoppers.’
If you have information, or recognise the man from the CCTV, call police on 101 quoting Operation Gather.
Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.