DETECTIVES have charged a 17-year-old boy with attempted murder after three attacks on women in Portsmouth.
The boy, from Hilsea, is charged with three counts of attempted murder and possession of a bladed article.
It comes after attacks on women in the north of the city on June 20, June 29 and July 11.
Detective Superintendent Victoria Dennis, the senior investigating officer, said: ‘I would like to thank the public for their support with our investigation and we are grateful for the considerable co-operation and understanding of local residents during a difficult time for the community.
‘I hope that we have been able to support the victims and their families in coping with the affect of the assaults.’
The boy is due to appear at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court today.
As reported, the attack on June 20 happened in Southampton Road, Wymering, near a bus stop and opposite a block of flats in Ashurst Road. A woman was left with a stab wound to her chest.
The second attack on June 29 saw a dog walker attacked in Hilsea.
It 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.
The third attack on Friday happened in an alleyway between Colwell Road and Northern Road in Wymering.
Residents in the area had told of their shock and fears over the attacks.
A 30-year-old man from Waterlooville was arrested on Friday but released without charge on Monday.
Hampshire Constabulary said it is satisfied the man was not responsible for any of the assaults.
Police said they will continue high-visibility patrols in the city.
The force added the public should take care and remain alert.
Anton Allera, district crown prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wessex, said: ‘I carefully reviewed all the available evidence provided to me by Hampshire Constabulary and was satisfied that there was sufficient evidence and it was in the public interest to prosecute a 17-year-old teenager.
‘Proceedings are now ongoing and the defendant has the right to a fair trial.
‘It is very important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.’