A WOMAN has spoken of her terror after she was assaulted in the street by two thugs who tried to rob her.
Kelly West, 32, of Herbert Road, Southsea, said it would have been even worse if a stranger and her dog, Tiny, had not intervened.
Kelly said she was now afraid to leave the house on her own, especially after dark.
She said: ‘It was so scary. They wanted everything I had. I was shaking afterwards and I couldn’t sleep.’
The attack happened in Devonshire Avenue, Southsea, when Kelly was walking home from a friend’s house with her Staffordshire bull terrier on Friday at around 9.10pm.
Kelly said: ‘They shouted out something, but I couldn’t hear it all because I had my headphones on.
I was shaking afterwards and I couldn’t sleepKelly West
‘The next thing I know, one of them came up behind me and pulled a big chunk of my hair out. One of them said: “what have you got? I want everything you’ve got.”
‘I said I didn’t have anything, and he said: “What are your headphones attached to then?”’
Kelly said Tiny must have sensed danger and started to growl. She said: ‘My dog tried to protect me. He grabbed the bottom of [one of the attackers’] trouser leg. But then one of them kicked Tiny in the head.
Kelly said one of the men then punched her in the face and she fell to the floor.
She said: ‘Then I heard a gentleman shout out of a window. I didn’t catch exactly what it was but it sounded like“leave the girl alone”. Then they turned around and started arguing with the gentleman.’
Kelly took the chance to escape, running into the Spar grocery shop across the road.
After the attackers ran off she went home with a black eye and scratches on her face.
Police appeal for witnesses to assault
ASSAULT victim Kelly West said she wanted the thugs caught, but counted herself lucky after the attack.
She said: ‘I don’t want them to get away with it. If that had been an elderly lady or man or even a pregnant girl, there would have been a lot more damage done.’
The attackers were aged 17-25, and one of them was wearing a Stone Island beige jacket with a hood and the other had on a dark sweatshirt.
A police spokesman said this kind of crime was not common in Southsea and a neighbourhood policing team had been patrolling in the area.
Anyone with information should contact the eastern investigation team on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.