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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


D-Day veteran to receive the highest French honour

A D-Day veteran from Waterlooville in Hampshire will be awarded the highest French honour at a special ceremony today.

Ted Turner who's now eighty nine helped Canadian troops secure a beachhead during the invasion of France in June 1944.

Today he'll be awarded the Legion d'Honneur at an event in Southsea. He's among the first in the country to receive the award.

We spoke to Ted ahead of the ceremony in our Meridian studios last week.

Hepatitis outbreak at Hampshire school

More than 100 people are being vaccinated against Hepatitis A following an outbreak of the disease at a school in Hampshire.

Seven people have been diagnosed at Devonshire Infants and Fernhurst Junior School in Southsea. Public Health England, the nation's health watchdog, is investigating.

The viral infection is rare in this country, and the risk of cross contamination low, but the symptoms can lead to jaundice and liver failure if untreated. Local GPs have been alerted to the risk of further cases.

According to the NHS Choices website the initial symptoms of Hepatitis A include:

  • Mild fever - usually no higher than 39.5ºC (103.1ºF)
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Feeling and being sick
  • Diarrhoea

Convicted murderer absconds from open prison

Lewis Hoare walked out of Spring Hill Open Prison near Aylesbury Credit: Thames Valley Police

A convicted murderer who beat a pensioner to death on Southsea seafront 7 years ago has absconded from an open prison in Buckinghamshire.

27-year-old Lewis Hoare walked out of Spring Hill Open Prison near Aylesbury at about 1pm on Sunday. He was jailed for life in 2007.

Kenneth Simmonds is also missing from the open prison Credit: Thames Valley Police

It's believed Lewis Hoare is with another prisoner, Kenneth Simmonds, who has also absconded.

Senior investigating officer, Detective Inspector Joe Banfield said: "If any member of the public sees either Hoare or Simmonds do not approach them, instead call 999."

Second Southsea man charged with terror offences

Police searches were carried out earlier this week Credit: ITV

A 23 year old man from Hampshire has been charged under the Terrorism Act.

Mustakim Jaman, of Hudson Road, Southsea, Portsmouth, was charged under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006 – preparation of terrorist acts.

He was arrested as part of a number of warrants executed across Hampshire and London by officers from the South East Counter Terrorism Unit (SECTU) on Tuesday 14 October.

Jaman was remanded in custody to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court tomorrow (27/10).


Man, 26, from Southsea charged under Terrorism Act

A 26-year-old man from the Southsea area of Portsmouth has been charged with the preparation of terrorism acts.

Tuhin Shanesha of Hudson Road, Southsea, Portsmouth was charged last night, under section 5 of the Terrrorism Act of 2006. He was remanded in custody to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today.

He was one of four people arrested when a number of warrants were carried out by the South East Counter Terrorism Unit (SECTU) on Tuesday 14th October in Hampshire and London.

A 23-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman remain in police custody.

A 29-year-old woman from Greenwich was released without charge.

Teenager sexually assaulted in Southsea

A 16-year-old girl has been sexually assaulted in broad daylight in a busy area of Southsea. Two men inappropriately touched the girl as she walked near St. John's College. Police are appealing for help identifying the men - seen here in a CCTV image.

Police have released this CCTV image in connection with a sexual assault Credit: Hampshire Constabulary

"This incident happened in daylight in a busy area of Southsea. I would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed the incident or can help us identify the men in the CCTV image to contact us."

– Detective Constable Mark Brockman

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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