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Couple tied up and gagged during robbery at their home in Southampton

Police appeal for help to catch gang Credit: ITV news

Police are appealing for witnesses to a burglary in West End. At around 9.15pm on Wednesday, August 8, a group of three/four men dressed in black and wearing ski masks smashed the conservatory area to the rear of the residential property to gain entry. A recently retired couple who were inside the property at the time, were tied up, blindfolded, gagged and threatened during the terrifying ordeal. No one was seriously hurt, although one of the victims suffered substantial facial bruising.

The men stole a substantial amount of high quality diamond jewellery together with several gold necklace sets, nine Rolex watches and a quantity of licensed Firearms were also taken with their ammunition.

Police would like to hear from anyone who saw a group of men, or a silver car in the area of A27 Kanes Hill and the junction of Pinewood Park around this time on Wednesday, August 8, or anyone who may have noticed any suspicious behaviour of vehicles in the area to come forward, as they may have valuable information that could help with the investigation. Officers would like to speak to anyone with information about the aggravated burglary to call Southampton CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting Operation Watch.

“I am appealing to members of the public who may have any information in relation to this robbery to come forward. I am particularly interested in speaking with anyone who may have been offered any high value jewellery or watches. I would like to reassure the public that there is a dedicated team of officers investigating the matter. The level of violence used was extremely terrifying for the victims involved and it is important that the offenders are identified as soon as possible.

– Detective Inspector Phil Scrase


Cyclist hit by lorry

Police are keen to hear from drivers who may have witnessed a serious injury collision at the roundabout junction of the A326 and Ringwood Road at 8am yesterday morning.

A 26-year-old cyclist was involved in a collision with a large goods vehicle. She was taken to Southampton General Hospital to be treated for a serious, but not life-threatening leg injury. No-one else was injured.

Police charge youth in connection with assaults in Portsmouth

Police charge youth Credit: ITV news

Police have charged a 17-year old youth in connection with assaults on three women in Portsmouth. The incidents are said to have taken place in the Hilsea area between 20th June and 11th July.

The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is charged with three counts of attempted murder and possession of a bladed article. He will appear before Portsmouth magistrates tomorrow.

Second arrest in connection with Hilsea attacks

Officers from the Hampshire Major Investigation Team have arrested a second man in connection with three unprovoked assaults on lone women in Portsmouth. A 17-year-old youth from Hilsea has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent.

he 30-year-old man from Waterlooville, who was arrested on Friday remains in police custody.

The first assault took place on Southampton Road, the second along the shoreline of Ports Creek in Hilsea, and the third in an alleyway between Colwell Road and Northern Road in Cosham.

Women and the wider community are advised to continue to be vigilant.

Increased police patrols remain in place over in the area to continue to provide reassurance to the community.

Man arrested after attacks on three women

A 30-year-old man from Waterlooville has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent Credit: Press Association Images

A man has been arrested after three unprovoked attacks on women in Portsmouth. The first assault took place at 10.40pm on June 20 when a 20-year-old woman was attacked whilst walking along Southampton Road. She received a chest injury, which was serious but not life-threatening.

In the second attack, a 45-year-old woman was stabbed in the chest by a man along the shoreline of Ports Creek in Hilsea. The third attack happened after 1pm yesterday in an alleyway between Colwell Road and Northern Road in Cosham. The woman was treated in hospital for her injuries.

A 30-year-old man from Waterlooville has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent. Increased police patrols will continue over the weekend to provide reassurance to the community.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Hampshire Major Investigation Team (HMIT) at Fratton Fratton Police Station on 101 quoting Op Bedham, or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.


CCTV images released as police investigate a rape in Southampton

Police appeal for information Credit: Hampshire Police

Police investigating a report of a rape in Southampton are appealing for the driver of a dark coloured saloon vehicle to contact them. A 29 year old woman was assaulted on the early hours of Wednesday July 2 on Merryoak Road in Bitterne.

Officers have released CCTV of a dark coloured saloon car and believe the occupants may have seen the offender leaving the area.

Detective Inspector, Jim Park said: “We do not believe that these people have anything to do with the attack, but they may have vital information that would help this investigation.”

Enquiries in the area have also identified that a man and woman were near to the scene at about 2.30am, having a heated discussion.

DI Park added: “We are very keen to speak to the occupants of the car and the couple stood in Merryoak Road shortly after the incident. It’s likely these people were unaware that a serious crime was being committed at the time.

Neither of these people should be concerned about coming forward but I would urge them to make contact as soon as possible as they may have the vital piece of information that we need to identify a suspect.”

Motorist on trial after ambulance crash killed two

A motorist has gone on trial today, accused of causing the deaths of a paramedic and her patient by careless driving.

Gillian Randall was driving the ambulance with 88-year-old Francis Ironside being treated in the back, when the vehicle hit a tree.

The ambulance crashed into a tree on the A337, Brockenhurst to Lyndhurst Raad Credit: ITV Meridian

It happened on the A337, Brockenhurst to Lyndhurst Road in the New Forest last year.

Richard Husband, who is 26-years-old, denies the charges.

Gillian Randall was killed when the ambulance she was driving hit a tree Credit: Central Ambulance Service

Man charged with murder of Southampton woman

30-year-old Jamie Nicholson has been charged with the murder of Belinda Dalby.

Mr Nicholson is due in court tomorrow after an investigation was carried out by detectives into Belinda's death by the Hampshire Major Investigation Team.

Jamie Nicholson, of Edelvale Road, Southampton, is accused of killing 26-year-old Belinda Dalby whose body was found at an address in Millbrook Road East, Southampton on Friday 13th June.

The detectives are continuing to appeal for information about Belinda's murder and anyone with information should call 101 and ask for Operation Match.

I'd like to thank members of the public for their assistance with the investigation so far. The team continues to appeal for further information from anyone who knew the victim or defendant. We're also seeking details of anything suspicious that may have been seen or heard by people in the Millbrook Road East area on Thursday (June 12) or Friday (June 13)."

– Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Darren Rawlings
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