Police hunt Valley Park knifeman

Chandler's Ford robbery e-fit

A man was punched and slashed across the forehead with a knife in a terrifying broad-daylight robbery in Valley Park, Chandlers Ford.

Police have just released an e-fit of a man they need to identify after the knife-point ordeal in Chandler’s Ford on Thursday, July 12 in which the victim was robbed of £400.

Between 12.45 and 1pm, a 28-year-old Eastleigh man withdrew £400 from a cashpoint in Chandler’s Ford.  He bought a drink in a local shop and, while returning to work, stopped to phone his wife from a footpath at the rear of St Francis doctor’s surgery in Pilgrims Close Valley Park.

While on the phone, he was attacked from behind and knocked to the ground by the man shown in the e-fit.  This man punched the victim and cut his forehead with a Stanley knife before taking nearly £400 from the victim’s pocket

The suspect is described as a white man of large build with dirty blond hair.  He wore a green and black checked short-sleeved shirt, a gold neck chain and gold rings.

He was accompanied by a second man who was white with mousy brown hair.  This man wore a dark jumper.

PC Simon Murray, the Officer in the Case, is appealing for witnesses who were using the car park of the nearby surgery or walking to Chandler’s Ford railway station.

“We need to hear from people who were in the area and saw two men hanging around or running from the scene after the robbery,” he said.

“Fortunately this sort of incident is extremely rare in this area.  It is a busy area at this time of day, and the car park is busy with visitors to the surgery, a veterinary surgery and a Tesco Express store.”

Anyone who can identify the man in the e-fit or who witnessed the attack or saw the suspected robbers is asked to contact Eastleigh CID on 101 or ring the anonymous Crimestoppers charity line on 0800 555 111.  Minicom users can ring 01962 875000.

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