7 violent crimes which have happened in Portsmouth this year

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CONCERNS have been raised over an increase in violent crime after a several stabbings and murder investigations have been launched by police.

In just nine months detectives have investigated two murders, a 17-year-old girl was brutally attacked with a hammer and stabbings linked to drug-dealing have left residents concerned.

Here a few of the violent crimes reported in Portsmouth over the last year and what police have been doing to help.