Eyewitness describes big police response to Portsmouth road rage fight

Police activity in Fratton after a road-rage incident
Police activity in Fratton after a road-rage incident
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  • 38-year-old man arrested on suspicion of GBH
  • Police cordoned off road
  • 46-year-old pedestrian suffered foot injury
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An onlooker has told how police responded in force after a road rage fight in Portsmouth.

Hampshire Constabulary say a taxi driver was arrested after the confrontation in Fratton.

We do get a lot of cop cars rushing past now and again but it doesn’t often happen on your doorstep

Anonymous resident

Several police cars descended on the area near to the railway station after receiving a call between 7pm and 7.30pm on Monday.

It is believed that a fight followed a road-rage incident between the driver of a hackney cab and a pedestrian.

A 38-year-old man from Portsmouth was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.

Police refused to confirm what type of weapon had been used in the incident, although they did say it was not a hammer, as had been mentioned on social media

The incident happened some time between 7pm and 7.30pm at Selborne Terrace, near Fratton Railway Station.

Officers closed off part of the road and several police cars were seen in the area.

The 46-year-old pedestrian sustained a foot injury and two cuts to his head.

He was treated at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.

A 50-year-old man, who lives in Collins Place but did not want to be named, had just returned home to discover the incident.

He said: ‘The road was cordoned off.

‘There were four police cars and an ambulance and lots of police officers.

‘We don’t often get this sort of thing in Portsmouth. It’s very rare.

‘I was just wondering what was going on. There were a lot of people on their balconies watching. We do get a lot of cop cars rushing past now and again but it doesn’t often happen on your doorstep.’

The arrested man has been bailed until September 16.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting 44150276075.

Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.