A FEMALE dog walker was stabbed in the chest by a stranger in Hilsea this morning
She is the second victim in the last 10 days to have been stabbed in public.
Hampshire Constabulary is investigating the serious assault, which happened at around 11.20am on Sunday while the 45-year-old victim was walking her dog.
The incident happened on a wooded footpath along the shoreline of Ports Creek, to the east of the footbridge which crosses from Peronne Road to the Highbury estate.
She was approached by a man who assaulted her before running off towards Hilsea Lines.
Her injury is not described as life threatening and is being treated at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.
Police say it may have been a knife that was used during the attack.
Following the report to police, searches were carried out for the suspect on the ground and by air.
The offender is described as white, in his early 20s and wearing a blue hooded top with yellow writing and blue jeans.
No arrests have been made in relation to the attack.
A similar report was made at around 10.40pm on Friday, June 20, and police say the two incidents may be connected.
A 20-year-old woman was stabbed in the chest by a man as she walked along Southampton Road in Cosham, near to Ashurst Road.
The woman also sustained non-life threatening injuries.
Detective inspector Mark Tutton said: ‘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.’
Anyone with information about either incident is asked to contact CID at Fratton police station on 101.
Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.