18-Year-Old Woman Slashed By Knifeman

Police are investigating an attempted robbery in Southampton.

An 18-year-old woman has told officers she was attacked by a man who had a knife at 2am, Tuesday April 24.

The woman was walking along an underpass from Old Northam Road into St Mary’s Road, next to the Afro Caribbean centre. She was using her mobile phone, and was approached by a man who demanded the phone..

She refused and struggled with the man, pushing him off. He then grabbed her again and produced a small knife. The knife is described as a vegetable knife with a 2-3 inch blade.

He lashed out at her with the knife, and she suffered a small cut on the upper part of her chest where the knife had gone through her clothing.

She then managed to run off-she did not see what direction the man took away from the scene.

The man is described as:

17-19 years old
5ft 3- 5ft 5 tall
Heavy build
Wearing a dark hooded top with the hood up, and dark bottoms which may have been a tracksuit.
Clean shaven
Local accent

DC Paddy Coughlin who is investigating said:

“Were you walking in the area at the time of this incident-did you see anything suspicious at all?

“I’d also like to remind people to try, where possible, to walk with someone else late at night-and to be careful about having a mobile phone on display."

Anyone with any information is asked to contact DC Coughlin at Shirley on 101, or call the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.