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Southampton launch KISS campaign

Southampton Police launch the KISS campaign this Christmas, urging people to Keep It Safe Southampton.

Officers in the city centre are giving practical advice on how to keep safe by visiting bars and clubs distributing flyers and posters with simple safety messages.

The key messages are: do not pre-load on alcohol and know your limits, arrange your journey home in advance, keep an eye on possessions and check your mobile is charged and has credit.

We hope that people will be receptive to these messages as there are many simple steps they can take to lessen their chances of becoming involved in a crime during a night out. We are not here to spoil anyone’s fun, but every weekend, and especially at this time of year, police have to deal with people who have had so much to drink they have made themselves ill, left themselves vulnerable to crime and become incapable of getting home safely."

– Justin Roberts, Southampton's Community Safety Inspector

Police appeal after victim left with a bleed on the brain

A man is in an induced coma at Southampton General Hospital after being assaulted on the corner of Above Bar Street in Southampton.

The 38-year-old man is said to be in a serious but stable condition.

The incident happened on Tuesday 27th August at about 7:30pm. The victim was part of a group when a man and woman approached them, and the man punched him in the back of the head.

The victim fell to the ground, hitting his head on the pavement. The man who threw the punch walked off along New Road, towards the Civic Centre.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Shirley CID on 101.


Southampton police release picture of wanted man

Jack Leigh Murray who is 27 from Shawford Close, Southampton, is alleged to have carried out a series of violent burglaries between November, 2012, and January, 2013.

Wanted man: Jack Leigh Murray Credit: Southampton Police

Detective Constable Janine Bradley said: “This man knows we want to talk to him, but so far he has managed to avoid all attempts to locate him."

He is white, 5ft 11ins tall and of slight build. He has straight blonde cropped hair and brown eyes.

“Someone must know where he can be located, and we would urge them to assist the police in finding this man,” DC Bradley said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Bradley or Operation Starling at Bitterne CID on 101 or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity line on 0800 555 111.