Cyclists Crash Helmet Broken In Attack

Police in Portsmouth are appealing for information following an attempt to rob a 19-year-old woman.

The incident happened at around 12.15am on Sunday, January 8 at the traffic lights on the junction of St Mary’s Road and Fratton Road.

The woman was returning home from work on her bike when she was stopped by a man by the lights asking for a cigarette light. The woman said she didn’t have a light and moved on to the next set of lights. The man stopped her again and demanded she hand over her bike. The woman refused and she was hit on the head three times causing her cycle helmet to break.

Two men saw the incident and shouted at the man to stop, he ran off towards St Mary’s Church.
The woman suffered minor injuries to her face and neck.
The offender is described as:
Early 20s
Approximately 5ft 7ins tall
Thin build
Wearing a dark blue hooded top and dark tracksuit bottoms
Local accent
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or could help police identify the offender should contact PC Julie Way at Portsmouth Central police station on 101. Mini-Com users can call the police on 01962 875000. Informationcan be given anonymously by calling the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.