Teenage girl left with burns after explosive thrown at her from passing car

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  • The 17-year-old was cycling away from Portsmouth College
  • Someone threw a lit item at her from a passing car
  • It exploded and caused burns to her hand
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An explosive item thrown from a passing car has left a teenage cyclist with burns.

Police are appealing for information after the 17-year-old was injured outside the gates to Portsmouth College on Tangier Road.

She was leaving the college and had begun cycling towards Baffins, when around 20m from the college she was passed by a silver coloured Ford Mondeo which slowed as it passed her. The front passenger was holding something alight in his hand which was thrown at the woman before the car was driven away.

The item landed on a parked car next to the woman and it exploded, causing burn injuries to her hand.

The passenger in the car is described as white, of large build, and between 20 and 30 years old.

He wore a dark T-shirt and dark baseball cap.

It happened just before 4pm on Friday, June 12, but police have only just released details.

Detective Constable David Higgins said: ‘This is a very unusual incident and appears to be completely unprovoked.

‘It is not clear exactly what the missile was.

‘I would appeal to anyone who may have seen what happened or can help us identify the offender to come forward.’

Anyone with information should contact DC Higgins in the Eastern Investigation team at Fratton police station on 101.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.