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Police patrols after crime spree in Portsmouth

Police have been patrolling the street through the night s where the attacks took place. Anyone with information or who wishes to report damage is asked to call Hampshire Constabulary on 101. Police confirmed a man has been detained.

He is in custody at this time. We would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and saw anything suspicious.

– Hampshire Police spokesperson

Police make arrest after dozens of cars vandalised in Portsmouth in just 7 hours

Many cars parked in Watts Road, Turner Road and Wingfield Street in Portsmouth, Hampshire, had their tyres slashed between midnight and around 7am today.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: "Officers have been working hard all day on this investigation and a 31-year-old man from Portsmouth has been arrested.


Top tips to stay safe this Christmas!

At this time of year, with all the Christmas parties and nights out, it's easy to forget to take sensible measure to stay safe.

Wiltshire Police have released some tips on how to reduce the chance of becoming a victim.

DS Julie Law, Wiltshire Police said: 'A cell in police custody is not a festive place to be. Our message to offenders is this, we will do everything in our power to identify you and put you before the courts.'

Christmas safety tips:

  • Think about your safety before you leave home; make sure someone knows where you are going, who you are with and what time you will return
  • Fully charge your mobile phone and keep it with you so you can keep in contact with your friends and family
  • Try to stay with friends and don’t go off alone
  • Walking home in the dark is never a good idea, but if you absolutely must, try to walk with a friend
  • If you think someone is following you, go to the nearest place where there are people and ask for help
  • Carrying a personal attack alarm is a good idea

Two linked crimes

Police are appealing for witnesses following two linked crimes in Lee-on-the-Solent. At about 8.30pm on Wednesday, November 20 someone has smashed the side window of a car parked in Seymour Road and stolen a handbag.

After they discovered no items of value inside the bag the offender has discarded it in Westland Drive and then at about 9.00pm entered the rear of a property in that area and stolen another handbag by opening an unsecured door to the kitchen.

I would be interested in hearing from anyone who might recall seeing or hearing one or more people acting suspiciously in the area at the time of the incidents. “Please be mindful not to leave items of value in your cars and lock and secure your property even if you are inside.”

– PC Dave Lynn, Investigating Officer

Long jail sentence for burglar

Simon Horne guilty of a string of burglaries Credit: Thames Valley Police

A man and his girlfriend have been found guilty of a string of house burglaries. 43 year Simon Horne and 38 year old Tara Bastin from Tilehurst were both convicted of 13 counts of burglary at Reading Crown Court.

Horne was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years’ imprisonment and Bastin was given an indeterminate sentence in a mental health facility.

Seven years for man guilty of a string of burglaries

A man and his girlfriend have been found guilty of a string of burglaries in the Thames Valley area. 43 year old Simon Horne and 38 year old Tara Bastin from Tilehurst, were both convicted of 13 counts of burglary at Reading Crown Court.

Simon Horne was sentenced to seven-and-a-half years' imprisonment and Tara Bastin was given an indeterminate sentence in a mental health facility.**

"I am really pleased with the verdict and in particular the hefty sentence which was handed down by the judge.**

Both acted together and travelled by train to the scene of their crimes.**

A number of the victims were elderly and they concentrated on stealing items like jewellery of great sentimentality which cannot be replaced."**


– Det Con Ben Sherriff from Loddon Valley police station


E-fits released after teenager raped in Southampton

Detectives who are investigating the rape of an 18-year-old woman in Southampton today released e-fit images of two men they need to identify. They are investigating the attack which took place in the early hours of the morning on October 13.

The two men are described as Eastern European, aged 18-30. One spoke a little broken English, and the other appeared to speak no English at all. Anyone with information is asked to contact Operation Miel at Southampton Central on 101 or to ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

"We would like to hear from anyone who thinks they recognise the two suspects and from the individual and the group who were in the area at the time of the incident and chased one of the suspects. You have vital information.”

– Detective Inspector Richard Sellwood Hampshire Police

Big drop in crime in Hampshire and Isle of Wight

Recorded crime has fallen by 22% in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight over the last three years.

The latest figures from the independent Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed the drop from June 2010 to June this year, excluding fraud offences.

Crime in England and Wales is down by more than 10% since the general election, according to the ONS.

Crackdown on drivers in rural Kent

Motorists caught speeding, driving defective vehicles and using mobile phones were stopped by Kent police officers during the latest operation to tackle crime in rural communities.

Neighbourhood officers and special constables stopped motorists throughout villages in Kent.

"Speeding and the behaviour of drivers is a constant concern for those living in rural communities and our officers were out in force carrying out speed checks in the villages.

These operations enable us to not only address concerns in rural areas, but they also help our officers gather information and intelligence to disrupt those responsible for crime.’

– Inspector Sonia Lassnig, Sussex Police
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