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UPDATE: Family pays tribute to Hampshire stabbing victim

Michael Freshwater was 49 Credit: Hampshire Police

The family of a father of four who died from a stab wound at a house in Southampton, have paid tribute to him.

Police today named him as 49 year old Michael Freshwater, found dead at an address on Westridge Road in Southampton.

Two men from Southampton, aged 26 and 35, arrested in connection with this incident are still in police custody

Michael Freshwater was a father of four from Swaythling Credit: Hampshire Police

Michael's family have paid tribute to him, with his partner Jenny Downey saying life will never be the same again.

"We had a special kind of love. Not only was he my partner, he was my best friend, my rock and the absolute love of my life. I’m left with the biggest black hole in my heart.

“Micky was a wonderful soul, a happy-go-lucky person with a beautiful heart made of gold. He would help anyone out.

“He was one of a kind, a truly amazing soul. He was a friend to many, a brother, a son and a wonderful father.

“Micky was my world and I'm absolutely heartbroken. Goodnight my Micky, I will always love you.”

– Jenny Downey, Michael's partner

Police told us that they still have a cordon at the scene in Westridge Road but it has been reduced in size.

Following a post mortem examination officers confirmed that Mr Freshwater died as a result of a stab wound.

Hampshire schoolboy helps fundraise for people made homeless by the war in Syria

Schoolboy Muhammed, 10, helps raise money for people affected by the war in Syria

The Syrian community in Southampton has pledged to raise five thousand pounds to help refugees made homeless by war.

Many of the families who gathered for a charity event today have been in the area for decades, some have just arrived from Syria. All say they're deeply concerned about the conflict in the country they once called home.

In his report, Richard Jones spoke to Dr Redwan El-Khayat from the Syria Relief Charity UK; and 10-year-old fundraiser Muhammed Alzetani.


Two men arrested on suspicion of Southampton murder

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Two men have been arrested after a man's body was found in Southampton.

A 26-year-old man and a 35-year-old man, both from Southampton, have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Officers were called to the property in Westridge Road shortly after 4.15pm on Friday afternoon. Police believe there may have been a disagreement at the property before the incident.

The body has not been formally identified and the cause of death hasn't been confirmed.

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Murder inquiry police believe it was 'isolated incident'

Police have launched a murder investigation after a body was found in Southampton

A post mortem examination is due to be carried out on the body of a man found at a flat on Westridge Road in Southampton on Friday afternoon.

Hampshire Police have issued a statement to reassure the public. Detectives say they think the crime was an isolated incident.

“Our investigations are continuing today and we are following up several lines of enquiries.

“At this stage we believe this to be an isolated incident and that there is no risk to the wider community.

“However, we understand that news of this incident will have caused concern among residents in the area, so our neighbourhood officers will be carrying out reassurance patrols throughout the weekend.

“The body was found in a multi-occupancy property and today our forensic officers are carrying out extensive searches there.

“To allow this to happen we have moved all the residents from the property and put them up in temporary accommodation.

“We are also anticipating that the scene will be cordoned off for some time yet, so we would like to thank residents for their patience as we continue our investigations.

“We understand that there may have been a dispute at the address earlier yesterday and we are appealing for anyone who may have seen or heard anything to contact us if you haven’t already as you may have information which can assist our investigation.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Nick Heelan, Hampshire Constabulary

Murder inquiry launched after man's body found at flat

Police cordoned off Westridge Road in Southampton

Hampshire Police have launched a murder investigation following the discovery of a man's body at a flat in Southampton.

Officers were called to the property in Westridge Road shortly after 4.15pm on Friday afternoon. A police statement said they were not in a position to confirm the man's identity or any further details at this stage.

“We are in the early stages of an investigation into a man’s death which is being treated as suspicious.

“We understand there may have been a dispute at the address in Westridge Road earlier today (Friday, April 29).

“I am appealing for anyone who may have witnessed or heard this dispute to contact us. We are also keen to speak to anyone who may be able to provide us with any information which could help us establish the circumstances of the man’s death.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Nick Heelan, Hampshire Constabulary

Anyone with information should contact Hampshire Police on 101 quoting Operation Windless. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Legend's FA Cup goal story to be published, 40 years on

Bobby's goal in the 83rd-minute propelled Southampton to victory Credit: ITV News Meridian

The story of Bobby Stokes - the man who scored the most famous goal in Southampton Football Club's history - is being published next week.

The legendary footballer was born in Portsmouth. He went on to score during the 1976 FA Cup Final against Manchester United. He died in 1995.


Police search for teen after boy, 12, left with broken jaw

Do you recognise this person? Credit: Hampshire Police

Hampshire Police have released an e-fit of a teenager they want to trace in connection with an assault which left a 12-year-old boy with serious injuries.

The child was playing football in Riverside Park in Southampton with friends when he was assaulted by a teenager. The 12-year-old was left unconscious, and was later treated in hospital for a broken jaw.

The incident happened at Riverside Park on Manor Farm Road at 8pm on Thursday 7th April. The teenager who attacked the boy is described as white, approximately 15-years-old. He was wearing glasses and had a European accent.

“This young boy was playing with friends, like a lot children in the area do, when he was subjected to an unprovoked attack. We believe there were several witnesses to this incident and we hope some one will recognise this E-fit of the boy we would like to trace.

“Did you witness this incident or have you seen some one matching this description in the Riverside Park area? Please call us on 101 in confidence quoting 44160133027.”

– Detective Constable Claire Ratcliffe, Hampshire Police

Anyone with information can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously online or by calling 0800 555 111.

Celebrating the golden era of passenger ships

For more than a century, Southampton has welcomed the world's greatest ocean liners. Millions of people have passed through the docks to travel the world or start a new life here.

A new major exhibition opens this weekend, which celebrates the golden era of passengers ships. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse has been to the Sea City museum for a preview.

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