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Investigation after man abducted from a house

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was abducted from a house in Southsea in the early hours of Sunday.

It is alleged that three men targeted a house in Beach Road and assaulted the 59-year-old victim before demanding money from him. The men then drove the victim in a three-door light-grey Peugeot 206 car to a cash point machine in St Catherine’s Street, where they attempted to withdraw money from his bank account.

They drove the victim to a car park on Long Curtain Road, Clarence Esplanade.The suspects threw the victim into the sea. He suffered minor injuries during the abduction.

CCTV shows the suspects entered the car park in the Peugeot 206 on Long Curtain Road at 3.09am and left at 3.23am.

The suspects were described as:

White. About 5’ 7" tall. Late 20s – early 30's. Short, brown hair. Clean shaven. He had a non-local, British accent.He was wearing a blue denim Wrangler jacket and black trousers.

White. About 6’ 2" tall. Early 30's. Medium build. Brown, ‘crew cut’ hair. Stubble.He was wearing a green jumper and blue Levi jeans.

White. About 5’ 9" tall. Stocky build. Brown hair, cut in a very short skinhead hair. He was wearing black trousers, dark brown, v-necked jumper over a shirt, which had a blue and white striped collar.

Were you in the Beach Road area of Southsea in the early hours of Sunday and did you see the suspects? Or were you in the Clarence Esplanade / Long Curtain Road car park area between about 3-4am on Sunday?

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Appeal after hit and run in Southsea

Police are appealing for information after a hit and run in Southsea. A 42-year-old man was crossing Festing Road at the junction with Albert Road at around 10pm on Saturday 26th September when he was struck by a small dark car. It failed to stop at the scene.

The man was thrown up in the air by the impact but didn’t realise how badly hurt. He later discovered he had a broken hip and will now have to undergo surgery.

Police are now trying to identify the car and want to hear from any witnesses. They say the area would have been busy at that time on a Saturday night and believe lots of people would have seen the incident.

Those with information are asked to call PC Andrew Daw at the Roads Police Unit based in Havant on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Plans revealed for South Parade Pier

The pier closed in 2012 and was in a state of disrepair Credit: ITV

A zip wire, a big wheel and a roof-top restaurant are among plans to transform the derelict South Parade Pier in Southsea.

The pier was closed in 2012 after it was deemed "a danger to the public" but purchased by a business consortium last year.

The redevelopment could also see the pier's theatre brought back into use as a music venue.

The plans will be submitted to the council later this month.

Appeal to trace group who helped woman in distress

Police are trying to trace two women and a man who assisted a woman in distress following an incident in Southsea.

At around 7.10pm on Saturday, May 23 a 32-year-old woman was walking her dog along Eastern Esplanade near the Coffee Cup café when she noticed a man was following her. The man then exposed himself to her.

Feeling shocked and threatened by the mans actions, the victim approached a passing group of two women and an older man for help. The two women from this group immediately confronted the male.

The offender is described as:

  • - White
  • - 5ft 9ins – 5ft 10ins
  • - Slim build
  • - Short / receding hair
  • - He had a goatee
  • - Wearing blue trousers, a green jacket, sunglasses and carrying a dark coloured rucksack.

“The woman walking her dog was very shaken by what happened – the people who helped her and confronted the offender showed great public spirit and we're hoping they'll come forward and assist us in identifying the individual concerned. If you were a member of this group, if you know them, or if you witnessed what happened, please get in touch with us as soon as possible.”

– Detective Constable Roy Kimber

Woman found dead in flat named

Police are now in a position to name a woman who was found dead in her flat at Handsworth House, Quinton Close, Southsea on Saturday, April 4.

The circumstances of 53-year-old Christina Jewell’s death continue to be investigated.

A 54-year-old man from Southsea arrested in connection with her death remains on police bail.

"As part of our investigation we are trying to establish Christina’s movements in the last few weeks of her life. I would appeal to anyone who may have seen Christina between the middle of March and Good Friday to contact us.”

– Detective Inspector Liz Williams
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