Disabled Man Robbed In Portsmouth

Police are appealing for information after a man who has cerebral palsy was robbed in Portsmouth.

The 29-year-old victim had been using a cash machine at McColl’s convenience store on Torrington Road, close to the junction with London Road.

It was around 8pm on Sunday and he had noticed a man and a woman behind him as he withdrew the money.

As he walked off down Torrington Road, he was jumped from behind by a man.

The robber took the money from his pocket, let go of the victim and ran off down Randolph Road followed by the woman.

The offenders are described as: 

White man, 25-30-years-old, 6ft tall, slim build, narrow nose, dirty appearance, tattoos on his fingers, wearing a baseball cap, light blue top and a small rucksack

White woman, 20s, 5ft 4ins tall, shoulder-length blond hair in ponytail, stud earrings, wearing a grey hooded top and tracksuit bottoms

Detective Constable Les Leithes from Portsmouth CID is leading the investigation. He said: 

“After he’d withdrawn the money, the victim was grabbed around the throat by the man who stole his wallet and £25 in cash.

“Clearly the victim is shaken by what’s happened but thankfully uninjured.

“We’re working to trace the suspects and I’d like to hear from anyone who recognises the description or knows who did this.. You can always call us in confidence.

“I’d urge people to always take care when withdrawing money from a cash point, think about who’s around you and try to do so only in busy, well-lit areas.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Leithes at Fratton police station on 101 or 0845 045 45 45 from outside Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. You can also call the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.