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UPDATE: Family pays tribute to Hampshire stabbing victim

Michael Freshwater was 49 Credit: Hampshire Police

The family of a father of four who died from a stab wound at a house in Southampton, have paid tribute to him.

Police today named him as 49 year old Michael Freshwater, found dead at an address on Westridge Road in Southampton.

Two men from Southampton, aged 26 and 35, arrested in connection with this incident are still in police custody

Michael Freshwater was a father of four from Swaythling Credit: Hampshire Police

Michael's family have paid tribute to him, with his partner Jenny Downey saying life will never be the same again.

"We had a special kind of love. Not only was he my partner, he was my best friend, my rock and the absolute love of my life. I’m left with the biggest black hole in my heart.

“Micky was a wonderful soul, a happy-go-lucky person with a beautiful heart made of gold. He would help anyone out.

“He was one of a kind, a truly amazing soul. He was a friend to many, a brother, a son and a wonderful father.

“Micky was my world and I'm absolutely heartbroken. Goodnight my Micky, I will always love you.”

– Jenny Downey, Michael's partner

Police told us that they still have a cordon at the scene in Westridge Road but it has been reduced in size.

Following a post mortem examination officers confirmed that Mr Freshwater died as a result of a stab wound.

Two men arrested on suspicion of Southampton murder

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Two men have been arrested after a man's body was found in Southampton.

A 26-year-old man and a 35-year-old man, both from Southampton, have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Officers were called to the property in Westridge Road shortly after 4.15pm on Friday afternoon. Police believe there may have been a disagreement at the property before the incident.

The body has not been formally identified and the cause of death hasn't been confirmed.

Credit: ITV Merdian

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Murder inquiry police believe it was 'isolated incident'

Police have launched a murder investigation after a body was found in Southampton

A post mortem examination is due to be carried out on the body of a man found at a flat on Westridge Road in Southampton on Friday afternoon.

Hampshire Police have issued a statement to reassure the public. Detectives say they think the crime was an isolated incident.

“Our investigations are continuing today and we are following up several lines of enquiries.

“At this stage we believe this to be an isolated incident and that there is no risk to the wider community.

“However, we understand that news of this incident will have caused concern among residents in the area, so our neighbourhood officers will be carrying out reassurance patrols throughout the weekend.

“The body was found in a multi-occupancy property and today our forensic officers are carrying out extensive searches there.

“To allow this to happen we have moved all the residents from the property and put them up in temporary accommodation.

“We are also anticipating that the scene will be cordoned off for some time yet, so we would like to thank residents for their patience as we continue our investigations.

“We understand that there may have been a dispute at the address earlier yesterday and we are appealing for anyone who may have seen or heard anything to contact us if you haven’t already as you may have information which can assist our investigation.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Nick Heelan, Hampshire Constabulary

Murder inquiry launched after man's body found at flat

Police cordoned off Westridge Road in Southampton

Hampshire Police have launched a murder investigation following the discovery of a man's body at a flat in Southampton.

Officers were called to the property in Westridge Road shortly after 4.15pm on Friday afternoon. A police statement said they were not in a position to confirm the man's identity or any further details at this stage.

“We are in the early stages of an investigation into a man’s death which is being treated as suspicious.

“We understand there may have been a dispute at the address in Westridge Road earlier today (Friday, April 29).

“I am appealing for anyone who may have witnessed or heard this dispute to contact us. We are also keen to speak to anyone who may be able to provide us with any information which could help us establish the circumstances of the man’s death.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Nick Heelan, Hampshire Constabulary

Anyone with information should contact Hampshire Police on 101 quoting Operation Windless. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police make arrest in connection with attack on girl, 17

Detectives investigating a serious assault on a 17-year-old girl in Portsmouth say they have made an arrest in connection with the incident.

The teenager was attacked in Shearer Road on Monday 11th April. A 28-year-old man from Portsmouth is in police custody.

Anyone with information can telephone police on 101 quoting Operation Gather, or alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

CCTV of robbers trying to smash into jewellery store

Would-be thieves target jewellery store in Andover Credit: Hampshire Police

A cctv image has been released showing two robbers attempting to smash their way into a jewellery store in Andover. Hampshire Police are appealing for witnesses.

The would-be thieves targeted David Mellor Jewellers in Waterloo Court at 10.50am on Wednesday 27th April 2016. They came up to the store on a black scooter and used lump hammers and a knife to hit the shopfront glass, however they were unable to break the glass - and were chased off by the store's manager.

It is believed that the offenders - who were unsuccessful at breaking into the store - then headed to the London area. The cctv image shows two people police would like to talk to. Both people were wearing dark clothing, one of them had a white helmet, the other wore a black motorcycle helmet.

Detectives have released a CCTV image of two people they would like to speak to about the attempted robbery.

Both wore dark clothing, one wore a dark-coloured motorcycle helmet and the other a white helmet.

Anyone with information can contact DC Swift at Basingstoke police station on 101, quoting 44160158481.

Alternatively, people can get in touch with Crimestoppers anonymously by telephoning 0800 555 111.

“This was a brazen daylight robbery attempt.

“We would like to hear from anyone who saw the two figures in the CCTV image travelling to or from the scene.

“We would also like to hear from anyone who witnessed what happened or anyone who has any knowledge of the offence.”

– Detective Constable Jonathan Swift, Northern CID, Hampshire Police

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Witness appeal, Cyclist in hospital with serious injuries

Accident near Fordingbridge - police searching for black Ford Transit van

A man is in Southampton General Hospital with serious head injuries after an accident on the A338 Salisbury Road near Fordingbridge.

Hampshire Police are appealing for witnesses to the accident. They would also like to trace the driver of a black Ford Transit van which failed to stop after the road traffic collision on the A338 near Fryern Court Road.

Road traffic police were called to the scene at 9.20am. A male cyclist suffered serious injuries. The black Ford Transit van was believed to have 2000 - 2003 licence plates, and was last seen driving along the A338 towards Ringwood.

The road is currently closed for further investigations. Anyone with information is asked to telephone the police on 101, quoting Altaris 167, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police search for teen after boy, 12, left with broken jaw

Do you recognise this person? Credit: Hampshire Police

Hampshire Police have released an e-fit of a teenager they want to trace in connection with an assault which left a 12-year-old boy with serious injuries.

The child was playing football in Riverside Park in Southampton with friends when he was assaulted by a teenager. The 12-year-old was left unconscious, and was later treated in hospital for a broken jaw.

The incident happened at Riverside Park on Manor Farm Road at 8pm on Thursday 7th April. The teenager who attacked the boy is described as white, approximately 15-years-old. He was wearing glasses and had a European accent.

“This young boy was playing with friends, like a lot children in the area do, when he was subjected to an unprovoked attack. We believe there were several witnesses to this incident and we hope some one will recognise this E-fit of the boy we would like to trace.

“Did you witness this incident or have you seen some one matching this description in the Riverside Park area? Please call us on 101 in confidence quoting 44160133027.”

– Detective Constable Claire Ratcliffe, Hampshire Police

Anyone with information can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously online or by calling 0800 555 111.

Police granted extra time to question men arrested over armed jewellery raid

A large amount of jewellery was stolen in the raid on the Justice jewellers

Hampshire Police have been granted extra time to continue questioning three men who were arrested in connection with an armed robbery on a jewellery store in Winchester yesterday.

The raid on Justice jewellers on Parchment Street took place just after 9am on Friday 15th April. Several roads were closed off while police carried out their investigation.

Two 21-year-old men from Hertfordshire and a man from London aged 28 were detained on Friday. The three men remain in custody and are being questioned on suspicion of robbery.

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