Hampshire Police have issued a statement ahead of the League Two first leg play-off semi-final at Fratton Park this evening. Portsmouth face Plymouth Argyle.
We appreciate that this is a crucial first leg play-off and understand the significance of this match to fans, which is why we want it to run smoothly.
Hampshire Constabulary work closely with Portsmouth Football Club, and it is our intention to prevent crime and disorder and promote a trouble free event to ensure the safety of all fans. Those who are intent on committing offences are likely to be arrested and face lengthy banning orders that prohibit them from attending future matches.
Specially trained Public Order Officers will be used as part of our operation to manage the crowd before, during and after the match.
We know that most supporters will travel to and from the match to enjoy the game and we will be working closely with the British Transport Police, Local Authority and the club to minimise congestion and disruption to local communities in the hope that journeys run smoothly.
This match is suspected to be a sell-out with nearly 19,000 supporters at Fratton Park, of which more than 2,000 will be away fans. The vast majority of supporters attend the football to enjoy the game and do so peacefully.
People should be able to bring their children and family members to the matches without worry, and therefore we hope that everyone will be able to enjoy the evening without incident.
Conservatives retain control of Portsmouth, but with no overall majority.
An early prediction from Portsmouth - council leader Donna Jones to retain her seat with a healthy majority. Elsewhere it is likely to be as you were, with Conservatives still the biggest party.
Ballot boxes have arrived in Portsmouth Guildhall where counting is due to begin shortly. Fourteen seats are up - including the one held by Leader of the Council ,Donna Jones. She has been leading a minority Conservative administration with the support of UKIP and Labour. Seven of the seats being contested are currently held by the Lib Dems who did badly in the city at the general and local elections last year. UKIP currently have four seats on the council and could make more gains tonight.
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.
Police have released further CCTV images of a man they want to speak to following a suspected hammer attack on a teenage girl in Portsmouth.
The 17-year-old was attacked at a property in Shearer Road two weeks ago.
A £5000 reward has been offered for information that leads to the attacker's arrest and conviction.
A woman has been taken to hospital with a serious head injury after a crash involving a bus in Portsmouth.
It happened just after 5pm yesterday afternoon on Copnor Road.
The 59-year-old pedestrian was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital where she is currently being treated.
The road was closed to allow officers from the Roads Policing Unit, who are based at Havant police station, to carry out their investigations. The road was reopened at 8.30pm.
“As part of this investigation we would like to hear from anybody who may have witnessed the collision.
“We are particularly keen to speak to a female bus passenger who left the scene before we were able to speak to her. We have obtained CCTV footage from the bus and this will form part of our investigation.
“We would also like to thank members of the public for their patience while the road was closed to allow our specialist officers to carry out a detailed examination of the scene.”
A witness appeal is underway after a 17-year-old girl was attacked in Portsmouth with what is believed to have been a hammer.Read the full story ›
A woman has been arrested after a 25-year-old man was found to have life-threatening injuries at an address on Timpson Road, Portsmouth.
The man was taken to Southampton General Hospital in the early hours of yesterday morning where he remains in a critical condition.
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding this incident and a 21-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
A group of divers from Portsmouth have been recognised for their work mapping the remains of one of the biggest construction projects ever undertaken in Britain.
Two Mulberry Harbours were built along the coast during the second world war and were towed across the Channel to play a vital role in D-Day. Richard Jones reports.
The interviewees are Alison Mayor and Jim Fuller from the Southsea Sub-Aqua Club; and Jane Maddocks from the British Sub-Aqua Club. Underwater footage from Martin Davies.