Stab victim tells of horror attack outside Portsmouth laundrette

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A MAN stabbed in the face has told of being left covered in blood when he was attacked in a Southsea street.

The 36-year-old has spoken to The News as Hampshire police investigate the stabbing in Albert Road outside Laundry Land.

He suffered cuts to the head and was left with his lip hanging from his mouth needing a nine-hour surgery and 18 stitches to reattach it.

The man, who did not want to be named, said: ‘He grabbed me by my hood and stabbed me in the top of the head and on my lip.

‘It was terrible, he just got on his bike and pedalled off.

‘I’m still looking over my shoulder.’

It happened on November 19 when the victim was walking home near the junction of Lawrence Road and Albert Road in Southsea.

He had just pushed the button at the pedestrian crossing when he was attacked.

He said: ‘People stood around and were asking “are you ok?”

‘I got up and left and blood was pouring down my face.

‘I ended up going to hospital because my lip was hanging off. It’s dreadful really considering I didn’t even do anything.

The attacker, described as bald, struck from behind at around 6.30pm.

His victim added: ‘I’m scared if he gets away with it.

‘It could have been worse, it’s still not right.

‘I’ve been in pain and have had sleepless nights.’

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Lorraine Bell, said lots of people would have seen what happened.

She said: ‘The offender appears to have been in possession of a knife and used it to attack the victim resulting in him requiring hospital treatment and stitches.

‘The incident took place in the early evening, about 6.30pm, when there would have been lots of people around either on their way home or going out for the evening.’

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Det Con Bell at Fratton police station by calling 101 or to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.