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Detectives in Eastleigh investigating the robbery of two restaurant workers in Fair Oak have released an e-fit picture of a man they would like to speak to.
Two members of staff from the Kuti’s restaurant in Fair Oak Road, locked up the premises at about 1.15am on Sunday, October 17.
They had just cashed-up the evening’s takings and left the restaurant with a substantial amount of cash and walked towards Eastleigh along Fair Oak Road.
On leaving the premises the pair noticed two white men aged in their early twenties, sat outside the restaurant on a bench.
The staff walked past the two men and continued along Fair Oak Road towards Eastleigh.
These men have now been eliminated from the investigation.
As the staff got towards Stamford Way another man approached the pair and asked them if they had any cigarettes.
The staff ignored the man and walked off. However the man continued to follow the pair to Dean Road, where he punched and kicked both restaurant workers before stealing the takings and ran off in the direction of Allington Lane.
The suspect is described as about 18 years-old, of slim build and about 5ft 9ins tall. He has blond hair which was gelled and slightly ruffled and was wearing a long-sleeved grey v-neck jumper,
blue jeans and grey or white trainers.
Detective Sergeant Jamie Wiseman of Eastleigh CID said:
“This was an unprovoked attack on two members of staff, one who has ended up being admitted to Southampton General Hospital with a cut to his face which required treatment.
“I am particularly keen to hear from any members of the public who were in or around Fair Oak Road in the early hours of October 17, who saw this robbery or anyone acting suspiciously in the area."
The exact amount of cash stolen is not being disclosed by police although it is in excess of £1,000. The other member of staff who was assaulted during the robbery did not require any hospital treatment.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Eastleigh CID on 101 or the charity Crimestoppers line anonymously on 0800 555 111.