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Two children in stable condition after assault in Havant

Residents in Havant are being reassured following a serious assault at the junction of Southleigh Road and Eastleigh Road yesterday afternoon.

Our neighbourhood teams will be out and about on extra patrols in the area across the weekend and we would like to emphasise that this is being treated as an isolated incident.

We were called at 2.56pm by a member of the public to a report of a serious assault involving a weapon. Police deployed immediately to the scene and a 43 year-old man of no fixed address was arrested. He has been taken into custody and detectives have commenced an investigation. He remains in custody at the current time and is being interviewed. A custody extension has been granted until the early hours of tomorrow morning (Sunday).

Two local children have been hurt and are being treated for injuries believed to have been caused by a knife.

Following clarification from the families we can confirm that a 13 year-old boy who was taken to Southampton General Hospital with life-threatening injuries, remains in hospital. His condition is now described as critical, but stable.

A 12 year-old boy who was initially taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital, at Cosham for treatment has now been moved to Southampton General Hospital. His condition is still described as serious, but stable.

"My thoughts go out to the children who have been hurt and their families. We're providing assistance to them at the current time and both children are being treated in hospital for their injuries.

"We'd like to reassure the local community that no-one else is being sought in connection with this assault at this time.

"Thankfully no-one else was hurt in the incident and there is no further risk to members of the public.

"Our enquiries indicate that a school in the local area had an inset day, so there were not large groups of parents and children in the area when the assault happened shortly before 3pm yesterday.

"A cordon remained in place overnight to preserve evidence. Local officers will also be patrolling across the weekend and will be speaking to local residents to keep them informed".

– Chief Inspector Patrick Holdaway

Police are currently speaking to witnesses and would like to talk to anyone who may have seen anything out of the ordinary in the area shortly before 3pm yesterday.

Please call 101 quoting Operation Narrow.

You can also call the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.


Man detained over serious assault on two children

Police have arrested a man following a serious assault on two children in the street in Havant, Hampshire.

Area sealed off following assault on two children Credit: ITV Meridian

Officers deployed immediately to the junction of Southleigh and Eastleigh Road, after being called at 2.56pm by a member of the public.

The children, whose ages are yet to be confirmed, have been taken to hospital.

Police say they are in the very early stages of the investigation and are piecing together exactly what has happened.

A police cordon is in place around the scene of the incident and the end of Horndean Road is closed to allow police vehicles access to the scene.

Disgusted shopper finds magpie eating beef mince in Tesco

The magpie was on the hunt for some of Tesco's Finest Credit: Raquel Burchell

A 19-year-old woman who was shopping in Tesco with her mum said she was "disgusted" after finding a magpie pecking at a pack of minced beef on the shelf.

Raquel Burchell, said the bird then flew off and started eating bread and fruit while onlooking customers left the shop in Havant appalled.

Miss Burchell, who lives in Emsworth, said staff simply did not know what to do about the bird.

Tesco have replied saying they maintain the highest of hygiene standards at all times.

She said: "I was shopping with my family when my little sister spotted it. We were so shocked as were all the other customers.

"There was a woman next to the bird who hadn't spotted it and she just left her trolley there and walked out the shop. It was that shocking.

"Staff took away the packet it was eating and it then flew off and started eating bread and fruit. It was chaos."

"One of the staff said she was going to go home and get a net.

"Birds carry lots of germs and bacteria. you just wouldn't believe it could happen at a big company like Tesco. We ended up going to Lidl."

Thankfully it wasn't in the poultry aisle... Credit: Raquel Burchell

Tesco then responded on Twitter


Appeal after woman is car-jacked

Detectives have launched an investigation after a woman reported being car-jacked on Purbrook Way in Havant last night.

The woman, in her 20s, was driving a silver Land Rover Freelander. At around 8.20pm, she left the Parchment Makers public house in Havant following an evening out with friends.

On the way home to Waterlooville, she pulled up on the side of the road at Purbrook Way, just past Botley Drive, in order to get a stone out of her shoe.

As she did, a man jumped in the passenger seat of her car.

He threatened her with what appeared to be a knife and demanded she drove him north on the A3.

Just before the vehicle reached Hindhead the man told the woman to turn around and drive south. He told her to stop at junction 3 of the A3 where he got out of the vehicle and ran off across fields back towards Leigh Park.

The woman was uninjured but left very shaken by the incident. Nothing was stolen.

The man is described as:

  • Approximately 5ft 8ins tall
  • Medium build
  • Mid to late 20s
  • Mixed race
  • Speaking with an East London accent
  • Wearing a balaclava, dark knitted jumper with a zip to the neck, jeans and carrying a small blue rucksack
  • Also described as smelling of whisky and cannabis

“This was obviously a very alarming incident for the victim and we have launched an investigation to identify and find this man as quickly as possible. This is a very rare type of crime, but one which may naturally cause some concern among the community. I would encourage people not to be alarmed but just remain alert and take the simple precaution of keeping your doors locked when you drive. Additional high visibility reassurance patrols in Leigh Park are in place to enable residents to speak to officers if needed, alternatively please contact the Leigh Park Neighbourhood Policing team on 101 or on Twitter @LeighPark SNT with any concerns. I would ask anyone who recognises the description or knows who this man is to contact us straight away on 101 and quote Operation Tile. Officers are out searching along the area of the crime scene on the A3 today and reviewing CCTV, but if anyone has private CCTV in their businesses or premises along that area, please let us know as this could be a source of vital evidence."

– Detective Sergeant Mark Huxford

Lorry fire causing delays for Havant motorists

The lorry on fire at the side of the A3M Credit: Kate Louise

The A3M in Hampshire has been blocked and traffic is queueing after a lorry caught fire this afternoon.

The Southbound carriageway of the road was blocked between Waterlooville and Havant as flames engulfed the lorry on the side of the road.

Traffic was queuing since 2.40pm this afternoon after the fire took hold Credit: Kate Louise

Elderly woman attacked during burglary

A man has forced his way into the home of a woman in her 80s and assaulted her, fracturing her eye socket.

Police say the woman also suffered cuts and bruises in the attack, which happened at around 3.30am on Friday November 14 in Lymbourn Road, Havant.

The man is described as being white, between 30 and 40 years old, tall and of sturdy build.

Please contact us if you were in the area at the time and heard or saw anything suspicious. We are particularly interested in anyone fitting this description-and who returned home during the early hours of Friday morning.

We'd encourage local people to be extra vigilant and to report anything suspicious to police immediately.

– Detective Chief Inspector Justin Norris

Man attacked in front of a young child in Havant

Appeal after vicious assault Credit: ITV news

A 20 year old man was attacked as he pushed a young child in a pushchair through Havant. It happened between 10.30pm and 11pm on Sunday, August 10 when he was walking along Wakefords Way.

As he walked past Monxton Green, three youths who were sat on the wall at the corner, approached the man and asked him to buy them some alcohol from the nearby Londis Store. The victim refused and they then punched him several times, hitting him in the back of the head with a blunt implement. They then stood on his head, causing serious head injuries. The offenders then made off towards Four Marks Green.

Officers have descriptions of the three youths they’d like to speak to:

Man one:- White - 5ft 10ins- Medium build- Aged 16 to 17- He had two tattoos of tear drops on the right side of his face in green ink, just below his right eye. - He was wearing a dark coloured hooded top with the hood up.

Man two:- Mixed race- 6ft 2ins- Large build- He looked about 19 years of age, but the victim believes he was younger, as he had asked him to get alochol from the store prior to the assault.- He had a purple scar running from his left ear to his chin- He spoke with a Liverpudlian accent- Wearing a grey Nike hooded top with the hood up. - He heard the other youths refer to him as ‘Marcus’

Man three:- White- 5ft 5ins- Skinny build- Aged 15 to 16- Wearing a bright yellow hooded top with the hood up and blue canvas type shoes with white soles

“This was a vicious unprovoked attack on a man who had the young child of a friend with him. The victim is currently receiving treatment at hospital where he has been diagnosed with swelling to the brain. He has been suffering from fits, headaches and blurred vision since the attack. We are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen these youths or anyone who may have been approached by them to buy alcohol on that evening. I would also like to speak to anyone who has any information that could assist our inquiry.”

– Detective Constable Stuart Moore
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