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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.

HMS Diamond is home in Portsmouth

Portsmouth based HMS Diamond has returned home after six months away in Syria.

The ship has been removing chemical weapons from the country to be destroyed.

HMS Diamond coming into Portsmouth Credit: Royal Navy
Crowds gathered in Portsmouth to welcome home loved ones onboard HMS Diamond Credit: Royal Navy

It set off in January for the Gulf but was asked to head to Syria in February to help in Operation RECSYR (Removal of Chemical Weapons from Syria)

The ship spent a lot of time escorting Danish and Norwegian merchant vessels as they sat in international waters waiting for each pick up of chemical substances.

The crew have been away for 6 months Credit: Royal Navy
HMS Diamond crew disembarking to see their family and friends Credit: Royal Navy

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HMS Diamond to return home to Portsmouth

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HMS Diamond will return home to Portsmouth Credit: ITV Meridian

After six months away at sea, Portsmouth based HMS Diamond will return to port today after its operation in Syria, removing chemical weapons.

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HMS Diamond will return home to Portsmouth Credit: ITV Meridian

The ship left Hampshire in January to head to the Gulf but was re-directed in February to help with the situation in the war-torn country.

Rise in life-saving kidney transplants in Portsmouth

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust has seen an 11% increase in the number of life-saving kidney transplants carried out in the last year.

Figures published today show the renal team at Queen Alexandra Hospital performed 87 kidney transplants between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014 – up from 78 last year.

The Organ Donation and Transplantation Activity Report 2013/14 also shows the number of people waiting for a transplant in the Portsmouth area decreased from 235 in 2012/13 to 228 in 2013/14.

Despite the rises in the number of people benefiting from a transplant, around 3 people die each day across the UK due to a shortage of organs.

This week’s National Transplant Week has the slogan ‘Spell It Out’, which urges us all to tell those closest to us whether we want to be an organ donor.

Family refusal is our biggest problem and it’s sad we lag so far behind some other countries in terms of consent/authorisation rates to donation. The truth is every potential donor is precious and whenever a family cannot bring themselves to donate; patients waiting for an organ may die. We understand that families often have to consider donation in their darkest hour. So rather than wait for that moment, please ask yourself now whether you think it is right to accept people dying in need of a transplant in the UK?"

– Sally Johnson, NHS Blood and Transplant

Police describe stabbing suspect

The suspect has been described as a white man, aged in his late teens to early 20s.

He was wearing a blue hooded top with yellow writing and blue jeans.

“We’d like to thank members of the public who’ve responded to our appeals and helped us with enquiries so far," said Acting Detective Inspector Liam Davies from the Hampshire Major Investigation Team.

“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."

Double stabbing: Police appeal for witnesses

Detectives have appealed for witnesses to the second assault to come forward.

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 group of people sitting in a field, possibly having a picnic. The group included a white female and a white dog.

• A white man and white woman, aged in their 60s or above, walking together with a black and tan German Shepherd dog.

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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

The Queen names the biggest ever Royal Navy carrier

The Royal Navy's new £3b aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has been officially named. Crowds cheered as The Queen used a bottle of single malt whisky to christen in Scotland, the biggest ship ever built for the fleet.

But the atmosphere was much more muted in Portsmouth where workers who've helped to build her watched the ceremony on big screens. Many of them will lose their jobs by the end of the year when the BAE shipyard closes. Richard Jones reports.

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