FRATTON ATTACK: Police re-open road after man, 38, suffers life-threatening neck injuries

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A MAIN road in Fratton has been re-opened after a 38-year-old man suffered life-threatening neck injuries in a serious assault earlier today.

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A police cordon had been in place on Lake Road from around 3.30am but it has now been lifted.

Traffic had been stopped travelling along Fratton Road at the junction with Lake Road but it was opened again around 7.45am.

The 38-year-old victim is in a critical condition at Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham.

One resident, 48, said they were shocked by what happened.

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‘Normally Lake Road is quiet, you get the occasional anti-social behaviour but nothing like this,’ he said.

‘It is awful to wake up to see all the police - you immediately think the worst. Hopefully it was an isolated incident.’

A woman who works in Lake Road added: ‘It is horrific to think what might have happened.

‘I hope the man is okay. It is hard to know what could be done to stop all these assaults in the city.’

A police statement on Facebook said: ‘The victim is currently in a life threatening condition at the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham.

‘We’d like to apologise for the inconvenience and thank people for their understanding while we carry out our investigation work.

‘We will update you once the roads are re-opened.’

The News recently reported that there had been calls for ‘action’ over the escalation of violent crime in Portsmouth, including in the Fratton area.

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