Gang with machete and knuckle duster seen fighting on Portsdown Hill in Portsmouth

POLICE have launched an appeal after a gang of men with weapons - including a machete and knuckle duster - were seen fighting on Portsdown Hill.

By Steve Deeks
Tuesday, 15th September 2020, 2:25 pm
Updated Wednesday, 16th September 2020, 10:29 am

Officers raced to a car park in Southwick Hill Road on Saturday at 7.10pm before fights were then seen nearby - close to Queen Alexandra Hospital.

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Six men were arrested with weapons seized also including a baseball bat and knife.


No-one was injured following the incident.

Those detained include a 29-year-old man from Gosport, who was arrested on suspicion of affray and violent disorder.

He has now been released from custody without charge but remains under investigation.

A 26-year-old man from Havant was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon in a public place and violent disorder.

A 32-year-old man from Rowlands Castle was arrested for the same offences, along with men from Waterlooville and Portsmouth, both aged 29.

A 27-year-old man from North Boarhunt was also arrested for the same crimes.

Five of the six men have been released on conditional bail until October 10.

A police statement said: ‘Enquiries are ongoing to establish what happened, however we do not believe there is a risk to the wider community. Officers will be patrolling the area.

‘Anyone with information on this incident should call police on 101, quoting the reference number 44200353347.

‘Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.’

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