Community leaders meet police after attacks on women in Portsmouth

Police in Colwell Road after the woman was attacked
Police in Colwell Road after the woman was attacked

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COUNCILLORS will today meet with police officers to help reassure the community all is being done to keep the public safe after attacks on three women in Portsmouth.

Paulsgrove representative and Labour group leader on the city council, Councillor John Ferrett, said ward members will be briefed by Hampshire Constabulary.

‘It is extremely concerning that this is the third attack in the local community,’ he said.

‘We want to be able to reassure local people that they are safe.

‘I have got full confidence in the police to bring an end to this.’

Portsmouth City Council leader, Councillor Donna Jones, who represents Hilsea, where a woman was stabbed while walking her dog last month, said: ‘These are obviously very serious incidents and I have got real concerns for public safety.’

Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt said residents should remain alert.

‘I would say to people, be safe, and if you are concerned about being out alone, then go out with somebody else.

‘I think that the police response seems to have been completely appropriate.

‘I think we need to provide reassurances to people as well as make them aware of taking precautionary actions.’