Police called out to Portsmouth ‘incident’ - but won’t say what it is

A police van outside the parade of shops in London Road, Hilsea
A police van outside the parade of shops in London Road, Hilsea
A man spotted on CCTV at robbery at Co-op in Twyford Avenue, Stamshaw on Saturday, July 22. Picture: Hampshire police

Robber chased by pub punters after threatening Co-op workers in Portsmouth

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POLICE have been called to Hilsea in Portsmouth tonight - but will not reveal why.

There are currently two cars and a van parked near the parade of shops in London Road, Hilsea, opposite Peronne Road. But neither officers at the scene nor the force’s control room will give any details of what is happening, with the latter saying only that there is ‘an ongoing incident’.

Earlier, witnesses reported seeing up to six vehicles and a large number of officers in the area near the Coach and Horses pub, although staff at the pub said they had no idea what was going on.

Connor Welcome, duty manager at the Coach and Horses, said police rang the pub around 9.30pm asking if it had CCTV, but would not tell him what was going on.

Mr Welcome said an officer stopped by at the pub after to check everything was okay before leaving.

Mr Welcome said: ‘They gave no reason, only that there was a bit going on and couldn’t give more information. So I don’t know anything further than that. We haven’t got a clue.’