Portsmouth police appeal after gay man robbed at knifepoint in car
Police in Portsmouth have issued an e-fit of a man wanted for questioning after a gay man was robbed at knifepoint having entered a car expecting sex.
The 61-year-old victim was picked up by the offender in a blue vehicle by Marine Court around 8.30pm, Sunday, 20 May.
The two men then drove round various car parks in Southsea before arriving at the Ferry Road car park area next to the Hayling ferry at about 9.30pm.
The driver produced a knife and demanded that the victim empty his pockets before telling him to get out of the vehicle, which then sped off.
The offender took some quantity of money in cash and a mobile phone.
He is described as a bald white man, about forty years old of large build. He had a fair complexion and was wearing a white t-shirt with blue or black tracksuit bottoms.
PC Steve Bourne said: “The victim in this case got into the vehicle believing the driver was interested in sexual activity. Thankfully, he was not injured, but he has been left very shaken by what’s happened and had a considerable amount of money stolen.
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“I’m appealing for anyone who recognises the suspect either from his description or from the e-fit to come forward. It might be that he’s done this to someone else or been spotted driving around the Portsmouth area.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Bourne at Fratton police station on 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
PC Mike Barton is a Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officer assigned to the investigation. He said: “If you’ve been the victim of a similar incident we want to hear from you. We’re not here to make moral judgements about the circumstances but to investigate the offence.
“It’s important we know about such crimes because these sorts of offenders will often prey on vulnerable people who meet strangers for sex thinking it’s unlikely they’ll speak to the police.
“If you do meet strangers for sexual activity, think about the ways you can minimise the risks to your personal safety. For example, don’t carry large amounts of cash, avoid isolated areas and don’t get into a stranger’s car.
“Also remember that sexual activity in public is not illegal so long as other people who might be offended can’t see you and are unaware.
“You can always ask to speak to a Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officer [LAGLO] whenever you call Hampshire Constabulary.
“To report a crime, always call 999 in an emergency or 101 if it’s less urgent. You can also call us on 101 and ask for a LAGLO if you want to talk about these issues further.”