Pregnant woman robbed in Portsmouth

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A PREGNANT woman was violently robbed as she walked along a subway in Portsmouth.

The 29-year-old woman was hit on the head and had her handbag snatched as she walked along the pedestrian subway under the roundabout at the junction of Lake Road and Paradise Street.

The woman’s face hit a wall during the robbery, which happened between 10.45am and 11.15am today.

She was taken to hospital to receive treatment for what police have been told is a potentially serious neck injury.

Two members of the public later found the woman’s bag near where the robbery happened.

Detective Constable Steve Bourne, who is investigating the crime, said: ‘This was a nasty attack where a pregnant woman received a blow to her head, and her handbag was stolen. This subway can be busy with pedestrians so police are appealing for any witnesses to the robbery.

‘We are also appealing for the couple who located the handbag nearby to make contact with the police. The couple passed the bag to people giving first aid to the victim in the subway.’

Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact CID at Fratton police station by phoning 101.