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MEN, women and children stood united to reclaim a beauty spot in which a walker was stabbed.

A solidarity walk took place in support of two female victims, who were attacked during the day time.

A walk took place around Hilsea Lines in support of the victims of two violent stabbings. ''(right) Organiser of the walk Frances Vigay with the other walkers .''Picture: Sarah Standing (141979-5745)

A walk took place around Hilsea Lines in support of the victims of two violent stabbings. ''(right) Organiser of the walk Frances Vigay with the other walkers .''Picture: Sarah Standing (141979-5745)

People met at the end of Peronne Road, in Hilsea, on Saturday morning, and walked eastwards towards the railway bridge before heading back.

It was organised by Frances Vigay, of Fratton, in response to the attacks.

The 43-year-old dog-walker said: ‘I organised the walk as a show of solidarity for the women who had been attacked in Portsmouth.

‘And it’s to support all women, as incidents like this affects a lot because they may feel scared to go out and walk in their usual places.

‘People should be able to walk and not adapt our behaviour, and that it’s the behaviour of those who commit violent acts like this that needs to change.

‘We should feel we are not isolated and not afraid to go out.’

It comes after a 45-year-old dog walker needed hospital treatment after she was stabbed in the chest on a footpath running along the Port Creek shoreline in Hilsea at about 11.20am on Sunday.

The attacker fled the scene and she has since been discharged.

A 20-year-old woman also received a chest injury during an assault as she walked in Southampton Road, Wymering, opposite a block of flats at about 10.40pm on June 20.

Around 30 people took part in the walk, including those who use the area to walk their dogs.

Estela Rogers, 66, of Dartmouth Road, Copnor, attended.

The part-time care assistant said: ‘I come out with my dog and often walk along here. Since this attack has happened I do wonder if it is still safe, and that’s why I wanted to show my support to this.

‘We should not be in fear of such attacks.

‘I would also ask anyone who knows the man to come forward.

‘If it was someone I knew, it would be difficult, but I would urge them to speak to the police.

‘It would be for the safety of others, but also for himself to see if he needs help.’

Anyone with information about the incidents should call 101 quoting Operation Bedham.

Police reissue description of stabbings offender

POLICE officers are also reissuing a description of the man suspected of carrying out two unprovoked attacks on women.

He is described as a white man in his late teens or early 20s, and wearing a blue hooded top with yellow writing and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is urged to come forward.

People can call the Hampshire Major Investigation Team on 101, quoting Operation Bedham.

Or information can be sent to operation.bedham@hampshire.pnn.police.uk

Police issue witness descriptions to help identify offender who attacked two women

DESCRIPTIONS of witnesses seen in the area of the second assault on a woman who was walking her dog have been released by police.

An appeal was made by District Chief Inspector for Portsmouth Phil Jones at the Hilsea Lines, where the second attack took place a week ago.

He said: ‘We are taking these assaults very seriously and the Hampshire Major Investigation Team is looking into these two crimes.

‘We were at the returned to the Ports Creek footpath in Hilsea yesterday to meet and speak with members of the public, reassuring them we are taking this very seriously.

‘It’s really important that witnesses come forward to help – they are not suspects, but we need their help in case they saw anything.’

The witnesses have been described as:

- Two white men walking together with a small dog.

- A white woman, aged in her mid-20s with blonde/brown hair tied up, walking with a pushchair and a young girl on foot with light brown/blonde hair.

- A white man with long wavy light brown hair down to his shoulders riding a mountain bike.

- A group of people sitting in a field, possibly having a picnic. The group included a white female and a white dog.

- A white man and white woman, aged in their 60s or above, walking together with a black and tan German Shepherd dog.

As reported, the assault happened at around 11.20am on Sunday, June 29.

A 45-year-old woman was walking her dog on a wooded footpath in the Foxes Forest area along the shoreline of Ports Creek.

She was approached by a man in front of her, walking in the opposite direction, who then carried out an assault before running off towards Hilsea Lines.

The woman sustained a stab wound to her chest.

Her injury was not life threatening and she was able to leave hospital earlier in the week.