Jogger is stabbed in the leg in Portsmouth park attack

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A JOGGER was stabbed in the leg after being set upon by three men in a park.

The 22-year-old victim was running in Kingston Park, off St Mary’s Road, Portsmouth, near the Byerley Road entrance when he was approached by the thugs.

He told police they verbally abused him before knocking him to the ground and stabbing him in his left leg with a small sharp object at 10.50pm on Saturday.

Three white men ran away from the scene towards Byerley Road, with one wearing a black top and two wearing grey tops. The jogger was taken to hospital.

Detective Constable Pete Bambury said: ‘This was a nasty, unprovoked attack on a man jogging through Kingston Park.

‘The victim is clearly upset and shaken by what happened and he’s fortunate his injuries were not life threatening.

‘I’m aware that some local teenagers meet at the park regularly.

‘They could be crucial witnesses if they know anything that may help.

‘We believe the earlier report of a fight in Kingston Park is linked to the assault that took place later the same evening.’

Police are also appealing for witnesses to a fight which broke out involving a number of men in the centre of Kingston Park earlier that evening.

It is claimed one of the men – who was black and wearing a black coat and white shoes – was carrying a knife but no injuries were reported.

Police were called to the park shortly after 8.30pm.

Call Portsmouth CID at Fratton Police Station by phoning 101.

Or they can call the Crimestoppers charity, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.