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Man left fighting for life after assault in Southampton

Location of assault Credit: ITV news

A man is fighting for his life after he was stabbed in a vicious attack in broad daylight. The 34-year-old was assaulted outside a block of flats in Golden Grove in Southampton. He was rushed to hospital, where police said he remained in a serious but stable condition.

Two local women, aged 24 and 42 years, and a 27-year-old local man are being questioned on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, along with a 21-year-old man from London.

A spokesman for Hampshire Police appealed for any witnesses to the incident.

Police searching for missing Charlene find body

Charlene McCluskey had last been seen leaving work at the Richmond Inn pub on Wednesday Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

Police officers searching for missing Southampton woman Charlene McCluskey have found a body.

This evening specialist search teams located the body of a woman in an area of dense woodland near Southampton Common.

Formal identification is yet to be made, but police say Ms McCluskey's family have been told.

A post mortem examination will take place in due course. The death is not being treated as suspicious.


New research suggests "vicious circle" between eating disorders and financial concerns

University of Southampton Credit: ITV news

Experiencing financial difficulties at university may increase the risk of female students developing an eating disorder, according to new research from the University of Southampton and Solent NHS Trust.

Conversely, the study also found that having extreme attitudes to food and eating predicted short-term financial difficulties for female students, suggesting the possibility of a 'vicious cycle'.

Published online in The International Journal of Eating Disorders, the researchers also found a greater persistence of eating attitudes in women from less affluent families.

Over 400 undergraduate students, from universities across the UK, completed surveys assessing family affluence, recent financial difficulties and attitudes towards food and eating.

Clinical Psychologist and lead author of the study, Dr Thomas Richardson commented: "It may be that those at higher risk of having an eating disorder feel like they have no control over events in their life, such as their financial situation, and they may then restrict their eating as a way of exercising control in other areas of their life."

Police urge missing mother to get in touch

Police have released more information as part of the search for 29 year-old Charlene McCluskey who was last seen in Southampton on Wednesday evening.

Charlene works at the Richmond Inn pub, this is where she was last seen.

Police can now confirm that Charlene left the pub at around 11.35pm on Wednesday, February 11.

She was seen walking on Portswood Road towards Iceland.

At 1.08am on Thursday, February 12, Charlene called 101 and appeared to be very emotional. Charlene was not calling to report a crime.

At this point police became concerned for her welfare.

Later on Thursday morning at around 10am keys belonging to Charlene and a black jacket that she may have been wearing were found on Gordon Avenue by a member of the public.

Appeal for missing mother Credit: Hampshire Police

Charlene love we just need you to get in touch to let us know that you are safe somewhere. Come on home love there is nothing that we can’t sort out. I will help you climb your mountains. We all love you. If you see this, pick up the phone I know you think that’s a hard thing to do, but believe me when I say it’s the best thing you can do .The boys need to know you are safe and they understand more than you realise. They love you and want you home I will be seeing you soon my love. You are a fantastic mum, a kind caring non judgemental lovely person and it seems you have lost sight of this Just call me sweetheart. Love you so very much never forget that

– Fiona McCluskey, Charlene's mother
Missing woman Charlelen McCluskey Credit: Hampshire Police

We’re very concerned for Charlene's welfare and are keen to hear from anyone who thinks they may have seen her in the Portswood on Bitterne Park areas at any point since Wednesday evening. Officers have been out conducting house to house enquiries, and we still believe that Charlene may be in the Southampton area.

– Detective Inspector Dave Jackson

Anyone with information is asked to contact DI Dave Jackson at Southampton Central police station on 101 quoting Operation Tallinn.

Mother makes emotional appeal for missing daughter

The mother of a missing woman has made an emotional appeal for her safe return. Charlene McCluskey, who's 29 years old, was last seen at the Richmond Inn pub in Portswood, where she works. Her last known sighting was at 11pm on Wednesday 11th February. Her mother and Hampshire Police are appealing for information.

Appeal for missing woman Charlene McCluskey Credit: Hampshire Police

Hunt for man who attacked good samaritan in Southampton

Police appeal for help Credit: Hampshire Police

Do you recognise this man? Police want to speak to him following an assault in Southampton.

The victim, a 17-year-old boy, was walking through Mansell Park on Wimpson Lane when he noticed the man and was concerned about his welfare. He went over to check that the man was ok and was assaulted by him. The victim then ran from the offender.

Detective Constable Alison Humby from Western CID said: "This was a totally unprovoked attack on a young man who was worried about the offender and went over to check that he was ok. I would like to hear from anyone who recognises the man from the efit image. He was described as having a small scar on his left check."

Anyone with information about this incident should contact DC Humby at Southampton Central police station. Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Concerns grow for missing Southampton woman

Appeal for help to find missing Charlene Credit: Hampshire Police

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a woman who has gone missing from Southampton. 29 year-old Charlene McCluskey, was last seen leaving her work at the Richmond Inn pub in Portswood at 11pm on Wednesday.

Charlene is described as white, approximately 5ft 4ins tall with brown hair. She was wearing a black and white chequered fitted dress.

Detective Sergeant Chris Bradford said: "We're growing increasingly concerned for Charlene's welfare and are keen to hear from anyone who thinks they may have seen her. Officers have been out searching for Charlene, we still believe that she may be in the Southampton area. I'd also like to make a direct plea to Charlene to get in touch with us if she is able to".

Anyone with information is asked to contact DS Chris Bradford at Southampton Central police station on 101

'Immigration Street' cut from six episodes to one

The controversial 'Immigration Street' programme, which was filmed in Southampton, has been drastically scaled back from six episodes to one.

Campaigners felt people in the area had been exploited

Several protests had been staged against the film, which was a 'Benefits Street' spin-off made by Love Productions.

Campaigners demonstrated outside Channel 4's offices in London claiming the series would stigmatise the Derby Road area.

Channel 4 said "external political pressure" culminated in a public meeting where the show's producer Kieran Smith was shouted down.

It said: "On the street itself, verbal aggression was turning into threats of violence."

It's a great shame as the footage we have shot shows Derby Road is a place where, on the whole, people of different nationalities, cultures and religions respect and get along with each other. This will be reflected in the film.


The one-hour programme will be aired on 24 February as part of a series of programmes looking at the issue of immigration.

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