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Cop assaulted after giving chase

Detectives have charged a 17-year-old boy with actual bodily harm after a police officer was assaulted in Southampton as he chased a youth.

The youth had run from an officer who was about to conduct a stop and search in Fritham Road, Harefield, Southampton at around 3.45pm on 8th January 2013.

The 33-year-old Bitterne based constable was assaulted as he gave chase. He fell over, injuring his face and knee.

He was taken to Southampton General Hospital where he had to have 10 stitches to a deep cut on his forehead. He also suffered cuts and bruises and ligament damage to his knee.

The 17-year-old has been bailed to appear before Southampton Youth Court on 31st January 2013.

Officers are continuing to appeal for witnesses. The officer is recovering from his injuries at home.

Police appeal after attempted robbery of pregnant mother

Police in Hampshire are seeking witnesses to an attempted street robbery in which a heavily pregnant woman was knocked to the ground in an attempt to steal her handbag.

The attack occurred yesterday morning when the 20 year old from Hedge End got off a bus in Portsmouth Road, Woolston, Southampton.

On her way to work in Victoria Road, she had reached the Age UK charity shop when she was knocked to the ground by someone who tried to steal her shoulder strap bag.

The attempt failed, and the offender ran off towards Portsmouth Road. The woman was checked by an ambulance crew.

She was not injured and the unborn child is not believed to have been harmed.

The offender is described as wearing a dark hoodie with long brown hair hanging from each side of the hood.

Police want to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident.

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