Renewed appeal after Portsmouth knifepoint robbery attempt

Police outside student accommodation in Stanhope Road, Portsmouth on Friday Picture Ben Fishwick

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A FRESH appeal has been launched by police following an attempted knifepoint robbery.

The victim, 20, was approached by another man who asked for the time at King Albert Court in King Albert Street, Portsmouth.

He removed his mobile phone from his pocket. The suspect produced a knife and demanded the phone. When he refused, a fight broke out. The victim suffered leg, rib and hand injuries. The suspect fled empty-handed between 10.20pm and 10.45pm on June 8.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: ‘The suspect was wearing a distinctive red hooded top, which we believe will be recognised by potential witnesses.’

The offender is white, in his 20s and wore dark jeans and a red hooded top with Boston across the shoulders in white and 67 on the back, also white.

Call 101.