Disabled Man Attacked and Robbed

Police investigating the robbery of a disabled man in Portsmouth are appealing directly to two people who saw what happened.

At around 4pm on Wednesday, September 15, the victim, a 48-year-old man, was riding his mobility scooter along Heathfield Road, Fratton.

He was on his way to visit a relative when he was approached by three men who hurled abuse at him.

They then surrounded him, punched him to the head and face and stole his wallet and mobile phone before running off into Gamble Road.

The men are described as:

White, 5ft 9ins tall', 20's, slim, short dark hair wearing a white shirt and dark trousers

White, 5ft 9ins tall, 20's, medium build, short dark hair wearing a dark jacket

White, 5ft 9ins tall, stocky, short brown messy hair wearing a dark jacket and jeans

The victim suffered minor injuries to his head. He was treated at the Queen Alexandra Hospital and released the same day.

Detective Constable Pete Bambury from Portsmouth CID said: 

“This is an appalling crime committed on a very vulnerable person.

“The victim tried to ignore the names the men were calling him. He’s told us a man and a woman passed him by during the robbery which happened in broad daylight.

“I’m certain someone must have seen something and am appealing for these two members of the public, or any other witnesses, to come forward.

“I’d also like to hear from anyone who may have seen the three offenders run away from the scene into Gamble Road.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Pete Bambury at Fratton police station on 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.