Police given more time to question murder suspect after fatal collision in Gosport

ON THE SCENE Specialist collision investigators at work yesterday. Picture: Simon Czapp/Solent News & Photo Agency
ON THE SCENE Specialist collision investigators at work yesterday. Picture: Simon Czapp/Solent News & Photo Agency
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DETECTIVES have again been granted more time by the courts to quiz a 20-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder.

It comes after close friends Jasmine Allsop, 14, and Olivia Lewry, 16, died on Sunday after a collision with a green Honda Civic on Ann’s Hill Road, in Gosport, at around 4am.

The 20-year-old man from Gosport, arrested on suspicion of murder, remains in custody at a police station in Hampshire.

As reported, the younger girl died at the scene and Olivia Lewry was taken to hospital where she later died.

School leaders have expressed their shock and paid tribute to the teenagers.

Detectives have now been granted an extra extension, until tomorrow evening, to continue to question the suspect.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: ‘We have been granted further time by the courts to continue questioning a 20-year-old man on suspicion of murder after a fatal road traffic collision in Gosport on Sunday.

‘The suspect can remain in police custody for interviewing now until tomorrow evening.’

Officers from the Hampshire Major Investigation Team are appealing for witnesses to shed light on the behaviour of the driver of the green Honda in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Senior investigating officer Detective Superintendent Dick Pearson of the Hampshire Major Investigation Team said: ‘I would like to thank members of the public for their substantial co-operation and assistance with our investigation so far.

‘A dedicated team of officers and staff from a range of departments are working closely together to analyse leads from witnesses and forensics.

‘The green Honda Civic is the subject of further examinations to ensure all potential evidence has been gathered and preserved.

‘A key line of enquiry is identifying as many witnesses as possible with information about the behaviour of the driver in the green Honda Civic around the Gosport area during the early hours of Sunday morning.’

A Home Office post-mortem for Olivia Lewry is due to take place this afternoon.

Family liaison officers are working with the two teenager’s families.

Police officers and staff from Safer Neighbourhoods teams are working with detectives speaking to people in schools, community centres and individual members of the public.

After the collision yesterday Ann’s Hill Road was closed at its junctions with Middlecroft Lane and the A32. It has now re-opened.

Warning over internet posts

Police are warning people not to post rumours or any information about the incident on the internet, including on social media.

Det Supt Pearson added: ‘I am also urging anyone with information to avoid posting details or any rumours on the internet or social media pages.

‘This plea particularly applies to names and possible motives of people perceived to be involved in the circumstances surrounding this case.

‘Such speculation is upsetting and disrespectful to the victims’ families, and can also have unintended effects on important lines of enquiry and evidence ahead of any future court case.’

But Det Supt Pearson also thanked members of the community for their support so far.

He added: ‘We recognise and respect the sizeable community interest in this case.

‘Police are grateful for the support given to the investigation team so far.

‘In a case of this nature, it is important we provide regular contact, reassurance and relevant facts about the investigation as it progresses.’

Call police the Hampshire Major Investigation Team directly at Fratton Police Station by phoning 101 and quoting Operation Barb.

Information can be given anonymously by phoning the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.