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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.

Young woman attacked in Southsea

A 20-year-old woman was attacked while on a night out in Southsea.

The young woman and her friend were walking back to their car on Thursday, August 15 at 2.30am when the assault happened.

She was punched in the back of the head and then kicked in the stomach while on the ground in the Kings Street and Gloucester View area.

The woman received cuts and bruises to her head and was taken to hospital.

£35 cash, a red purse and bank cards were stolen from her in the attack.

Two white men, one of them bare-chested, are being treated as suspects.

This was a cowardly unprovoked attack on a defenceless woman. We believe someone will know the attackers, and may have seen them or heard about this assault."

– Investigating officer Det Con Andrew Larder

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Police appeal after Southsea burglary

A laptop, mobile phone and cash were stolen as part of a burglary in flats at Southsea.

Police have released CCTV images of a man entering the self-contained flats above The Jolly Sailor Pub in Clarence Parade.

Police would like to speak to this man in connection with the burglary Credit: Hampshire Police

He came into the building through a first floor window using an external fire escape sometime between 8.55pm and 9.30pm on Sunday, August 4.

He tried several door handles before gaining entry to at least three flats.

Police are looking for witnesses and anyone who recognises this man Credit: Hampshire Police

Det Con Charlie Cox said: "This was an audacious series of burglaries committed during a very short period of time. The offender can be seen to be wearing very distinctive shorts. Have you seen this man? Do you recognise him?"

Man arrested after Southsea death

A man has been arrested after a woman's body has been found at an address in Southsea.

The 53-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of murder and has been released on police bail until further enquiries.

Police attended the address following a call from Portsmouth City Council on Tuesday, August 13.

There were concerns for the welfare of an older woman living in a council property.

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