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Appeal launched after Portchester robbery “attempt”

HAMPSHIRE CONSTABULARY have announced they have launched an “urgent” appeal for witnesses and information to assist their ongoing investigations following an incident in Portchester later on Sunday night (October 15), which saw two men approached by a group of others and then assaulted during the apparent robbery attempt along Castle Street.

The two males, believed to be aged in their twenties, were approached at approximately 10:30am by three people; who are described as being teenagers and wearing dark clothes with balaclavas. The group made a demand for the victim’s property and a struggle ensued after being refused, with both of the men suffering punch wounds to the head and face.

One of the victims further attempted to flag down a passing vehicle and the ‘attackers’ eventually ran off empty handed in the direction of ‘White Hart Lane’. Sadly this driver did not stop and officers are keen to talk to them about what they witnessed along with anybody else who may have video / dash cam footage or information that may help investigators.

Investigators are asking for anybody with information or footage to contact police by calling the non-emergency number 101 and quote the case’s reference number of 44230408466. They can further submit details using the online reporting tool available on the Hampshire Police website, with all official support and further guidance available on the links here.

Alternatively, readers can contact the “independent charity” Crimestoppers 100% anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 for absolutely free; or via their anonymous online forms which can be found through their website:

PICTURED BY HAMPSHIRE CONSTABULARY: Graphic displaying the new ‘witness appeal’ launched by police force.