Runners take to streets

Thousands have taken to the streets of Portsmouth for the biggest ever Great South Run.

Great South Run 2012

Thousands of runners are preparing to take to the streets of Southsea this weekend for the biggest-ever Great South Run.

The house on Welch Road

Gas blast destroys home

A man in his 90s has survived a gas explosion at his home in Southsea.

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Male body found on seafront near pier at Southsea

A body has been found on the seafront in Southsea, near South Parade Pier.

A member of the public walking their dog made the discovery of the man, who is yet to be identified.

Officers at Hampshire police say it is too early to say whether there are any suspicious circumstances surrounding the discovery.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Sergeant Gary Cable at Fratton police station by calling 101.

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Cash stolen from bookmakers' safe during raid

A 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery after £900 was taken from bookmakers in Southsea. Police are appealing for information following the robbery at Corals bookmakers at Elm Grove in Southsea at around 5.40pm yesterday.

A man entered the store and threatened the 60-year-old male member of staff with what appeared to be a knife. The man demanded the member of staff empty the contents of the till in his bag, which he did. The staff member was also forced to open the safe. About £900 was taken.

The member of staff was uninjured. Detective Constable Mark Brockman said: 'During the incident there were several members of public in the bookmakers. We would appeal for these people to come forward.' Anyone with information should contact CID at Fratton police station on 101.

Concern for missing Southsea man

Kevin Tattum Credit: Hampshire Police

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a missing Southsea man. Kevin Tattum, 33, was last seen at around 7am on Saturday when he left his address on Milton Road in Southsea. Kevin is described as a white man, 5ft 7 tall, medium build, brown hair and green eyes.

He may be wearing a dark green tatty baseball cap, jeans and a fleece. He was carrying a holdall. Inspector James Noble said: 'Kevin is a vulnerable adult and we are concerned for his safety.' Anyone with any information should contact Hampshire Constabulary by calling 101.

Police investigate after man falls from block of flats

Air ambulance lands in Southsea after man falls from block of flats Credit: Matt Hopkins

Hampshire Police are investigating after a man fell from a block of flats in the Southsea area of Portsmouth. The man suffered serious injuries after the incident at Carlton Court in South Parade. He was taken to hospital by air ambulance.

Officers were called to the scene at 8.25am this morning. A spokesperson said: "Officers are taking witness statements and conducting enquiries at the scene to confirm exactly what happened. We would like to thank members of the public who have helped police with their enquiries so far."

Anyone with information is being asked to contact Hampshire Police by telephoning 101. The Mini-com number, which is used by deaf and hard of hearing callers, has changed to Minicom TextRelay 18001 101.

Alternatively anyone wishing to remain anonymous can contact the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

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Arrests over suspected arson

Two people have been arrested in connection with a suspected arson attack in Southsea. Police were called to a property in Gains Road shortly after 6pm on Friday 18th October.

Petrol had been poured over the front door of the address and set on fire.

Initial enquiries suggest the resident of this address was not the target, and the motive remains unclear.

A 43-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man were arrested on Friday evening on suspicion of arson. They were questioned and later released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Between 5.30pm and 6pm on Friday evening, petrol was poured over the front door and set alight.

The smoke alarm alerted the only occupant and a neighbour tackled the fire with a large bucket of water.

If not for the prompt and courageous actions of the neighbours, this could have been a much more serious situation. Thankfully the fire did not have a chance to spread.

We are looking to recover a plain grey tracksuit and shoes, which may have been abandoned in the area. I am asking local residents to check their gardens and bins for these items."

– Investigating officer Detective Constable Andrew Larder

Man charged after Cosham death

A 49-year-old man has been remanded in custody after he was charged with the murder of a retired police officer.

Stephen Cowdrey from St Augustine Road in Southsea was accused of killing 87-year-old Stanley Carter in his Cosham home.

He was charged at a hearing at Portsmouth Magistrates' Court for a brief hearing and was remanded in custody.

He will next appear at Winchester Crown Court on friday.

Cowdrey was arrested at Portsmouth police station shortly after police found Mr Carter's body on Sunday night.

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