Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Fratton teenage girl 'hammer' attack e-fit released

E-fit of man police want to trace Image copyright Hampshire Constabulary
Image caption The man was seen running along Shearer Road, past The Shearer Arms pub

Police have released an e-fit of a man seen running along a Portsmouth street shortly after a "hammer attack" which seriously injured a teenage girl.

The 17-year-old suffered a head injury when she was attacked in Fratton shortly before 19:00 BST on Monday.

A shopkeeper said the girl, who had been dog-sitting in Shearer Road, was attacked as she answered the door.

Detectives said they were considering whether the house had been targeted due to links with the sex trade.

The e-fit is of a man seen running across Shearer Road and into Beecham Road, past The Shearer Arms pub, at 19:00.

Image copyright Hampshire Constabulary
Image caption The man was captured on CCTV shortly after the attack

He is described as white, of small to medium build, about 5ft 5ins (1.65m) tall, with short light-brown hair and a short beard.

He was wearing a brown coat, jeans and light-coloured trainers.

Police also released a CCTV image which showed the man running.

The victim remains in a "serious but stable" condition in hospital.

Police said her injuries were believed to have been caused by a hammer.

Any witnesses are urged to contact Hampshire Constabulary.

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