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Police appeal after two women are stabbed

Police have made a fresh appeal after two women were stabbed in Portsmouth.

The first assault took place at around 10.40pm on Friday, June 20, 2014 when a man approached a 20-year-old woman in Southampton Road near a bus stop opposite a block of flats on Ashurst Road.

She received a stab wound to the chest, which was serious but not life-threatening.

The second assault happened at around 11.20am on Sunday, June 29, 2014 in Hilsea.

A 45-year-old local woman was walking her dog on a wooded footpath in the Foxes Forest area along the shoreline of Ports Creek.

She was approached by a man who stabbed her in the chest.

The offender ran off towards Hilsea Lines. The woman's injury was not life threatening.

Witness descriptions issued in stabbing investigation

The witnesses seen in the area on Sunday morning are described as:

  • Two white men walking together with a small dog
  • A white woman, aged in her mid-20s with blonde/brown hair tied up, walking with a pushchair and a young girl on foot with light brown/blonde hair
  • A white man with long wavy light brown hair down to his shoulders riding a mountain bike
  • A white man and white woman, aged in their 60s or above, walking together with a black and tan German Shepherd dog
  • A group of people sitting in a field, possibly having a picnic. The group included a white female and a white dog

All these people were seen in the area on Sunday morning (June 29). Therefore, we believe they could be important witnesses to circumstances immediately before and after the assault. They are not suspects.

– Acting Detective Inspector Liam Davies, Hampshire Police


Renewed witness appeal after two women stabbed

Police are making a new appeal for witnesses after two stabbings in Portsmouth. A 45-year-old woman was attacked while walking her dog in the Hilsea area, last Sunday.

A 20-year-old was assaulted on Southampton Road in Cosham the week before - both women were stabbed in the chest. Detectives think the unprovoked attacks are linked.

We’d like to thank members of the public who’ve responded to our appeals and helped us with enquiries so far. Detectives continue to pursue several lines of enquiries including appeals for potential extra witnesses, some of whom were seen in the Foxes Forest area on the morning of Sunday, June 29, 2014. It’s important to say that these people are purely possible witnesses to events on the footpath that morning (June 29). They are not suspects.

– Acting Detective Inspector Liam Davies, Hampshire Major Investigation Team

Investigation after building destroyed by fire

An investigation is underway after a building was destroyed by fire in Hampshire.

Fire crews were called to Belmore Lane in Owslebury at 5.18pm where they were confronted by a blaze at a commercial property.

Around 35 firefighters from Winchester, Eastleigh, Bishops Waltham, Redbridge and Fareham tackled the fire and it took them till just before 10pm to put it out.

The building was of a single storey and measured 15 metres by 12 metres and was completely destroyed.

Five jets, one fan spray, foam and two sets of breathing apparatus were used.

Prom night celebrations underway in the South

The prom season is at its height with thousands of teenagers enjoying extravagant celebrations to mark the end of their school careers. Some families are running up four figure bills giving their offspring a night to remember.

The Prom business is worth a staggering 80-million pounds in the UK with some spending up to a £1,000 on the dress alone. Our reporter Christine Alsford joined the glitz and the glamour at one major prom event in Hampshire.

Police name man who died in Basingstoke

Jay Anthony Benton died following an incident in Basingstoke Credit: Hampshire Police

Police have named a man who died following an incident on Frescade Road in Basinsgtoke.

He is Jay Anthony Benton, aged 18, of Berkeley Drive.

A post-mortem examination has failed to find a cause of death. Further forensic examinations will now take place.

A 14-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy - both from Basingstoke - were questioned by police in relation to the incident and have been bailed until October 29, pending further enquiries.


Two teenagers released on bail until October

Two teenagers arrested on suspicion of murder of a man in Hampshire have been released on bail.

Emergency services found the 18-year-old, named locally as Jay Benton, as he was having a heart attack at a property on Frescade Crescent.

He was taken to hospital but couldn't be saved.

The 16-year-old boy and 14-year-old girl are on bail until 29th October, pending further enquiries.

A post-mortem examination has been conducted but the cause of the man's death is still to be confirmed.

Police thank public for help in finding missing girl


MIssing 10 yr old girl in Fareham area. Seen near Elmhurst Rd. Wearing Yellow T-Shirt and Black hat, wearing rollerblades. Call 101 if seen.


Missing 10 yr old girl has now been located and reunited with her mother. She is safe and well. Many thanks

Teenagers arrested after boy found in cardiac arrest

Two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of murder after an 18-year-old was found in cardiac arrest at a house in Basingstoke. Police were called to Frescade Crescent in the town at 2:30pm.

Officers found the18-year-old in cardiac arrest. He was taken to North Hants Hospital, where despite full medical efforts to save him, he was pronounced dead.

Police are speaking with his next-of-kin.

A post mortem examination will be conducted by a Home Office pathologist to help establish cause of death.

A 16-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl, also from Basingstoke, have been arrested on suspicion of murder, and are currently in custody where they will be interviewed by officers.

Eyewitnesses describe tornado like an 'explosion'

Eyewitnesses have been describing the moment a tornado struck just yards from where they were working.

Roof tiles were torn from one building and several cars were damaged by falling debris. It follows a number of sightings of funnel clouds in places like Whiteley, Park Gate, Titchfield and Segensworth, all near Fareham in Hampshire.

The tornado then hit a small industrial estate in Swanwick. People working there say it sounded like an explosion.

Kerry Swain spoke to eyewitnesses Jo Woodford and Daniel Dickens.

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