Police are renewing an appeal for information after two similar attacks on women in Portsmouth.
The first assault happened on Friday 20th June, when a 20-year-old woman was approached from behind by a man and received a serious chest injury.
The second assault happened on Sunday 29th June in the Hilsea area when a 45-year-old woman was walking her dog.
She was approached by a man who then assaulted her, leaving her with a stab wound to her chest.
The suspect has been described as white, aged in his late teens to early 20s.
Firstly I’d like to recognise and thank both women for their actions in the immediate aftermath of these assaults. They showed courage in attempting to defend themselves, and then reporting what happened promptly to police despite their distress and injuries.
"Both women were also injured in the chest by what we believe was some sort of bladed object, possibly a knife, although the precise item used is not confirmed at the moment."
– Hampshire Constabulary’s Portsmouth District commander Superintendent Alison Heydari said:
Police are investigating a second similar report of assault in Portsmouth in just over a week. A woman was walking her dog on a wooded footpath along the shoreline of Ports Creek this morning when she was approached by a man who assaulted her before running off towards Hilsea Lines.
The woman sustained a stab wound to her chest as a result of the incident. Her injury is not described as life threatening and the woman is being treated at Queen Alexandra hospital, Cosham. No arrest has been made at this time.
A similar report was made at around 10.40pm on Friday, June 20. A 20-year-old woman sustained a wound to her chest when she was assaulted by a man as she walked along Southampton Road, Cosham near Ashurst Road. The woman also sustained non-life threatening injuries.
This type of unprovoked attack is extremely unusual, particularly two similar incidents in the north of the city in just over a week. We are obviously investigating the possibility that these are linked. We need to identify the person responsible and I would encourage anyone who may be able to help us do this to contact us as soon as possible. We would also appeal to anyone who may have witnessed the assault to come forward. Reassurance patrols by local Safer Neighbourhoods teams in the Hilsea area are ongoing.”
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A man has been stabbed at an address in Blackdown Close, Basingstoke this morning.
Detectives from the Hampshire Major Investigation Team are investigating the stabbing that took place at 4.30am this morning.
The victim was taken to Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital by ambulance but died from his injuries.
A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in police custody.
This appears to have been an isolated incident between known parties. There has been a lot of police activity in the area this morning and we would like to thank residents for their co-operation and assistance while we carry out vital forensic examinations of the scene."
Police in Southampton have charged a man in connection with the stabbing of two men at Sir Stanley Kimber Halls of Residence on Wednesday.
20 year old Hamza Himdy from Luton, is charged with possession of an offensive weapon and two charges of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent. He will appear before Southampton Magistrates on Friday morning, February 22.