Man found unconscious in Portsmouth road

TAPED-OFF Police close the street between Albert Road and Victoria Road South in Southsea. Picture: Allan Hutchings (13519-815)
TAPED-OFF Police close the street between Albert Road and Victoria Road South in Southsea. Picture: Allan Hutchings (13519-815)
Police officers at Athena Avenue. Picture: Malcolm Wells

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A MAN has been taken to hospital with serious head injuries after being discovered unconscious in a Portsmouth street.

The man, of no fixed abode, was found outside Windsor House in Canal Walk, Landport, shortly after 10pm on Tuesday.

He was taken by ambulance to Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, but was later transferred to Southampton General Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

Police are investigating the cause of the man’s injuries.

Meanwhile a road between Albert Road and Victoria Road South in Southsea behind the Goose at V&A pub was cordoned off with police tape all yesterday.

A police car guarded the entrance of road near public toilets.

Police are looking into whether another assault that took place there earlier in the day may be linked to the one in Canal Walk.

Two men aged 31 and 36, both of no fixed address, have been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent. They are being questioned by police.

No other details about the incidents have been released.

Aiden Cronin, a sales assistant for Hedonic, in Albert Road, said he saw a group of men shepherding another man into the side street near the public toilets at about 2pm on Monday.

‘About two or three men walked past the window of the shop and it looked like they were ushering another man along with them,’ he said. ‘They then disappeared and about 30 seconds after that the group walked off pretty quickly without him.

‘I have no idea what happened. It all happened so quickly.’

Other businesses in Albert Road were left baffled by the police presence because they hadn’t heard or seen anything.

Lloyd Davies, 22, who works at Bored of Southsea, said: ‘I was here all day yesterday and I never heard or saw anything. Nothing has been going on today either.

‘We live in a city so stuff tends to happen. Nothing serious usually happens here though. It’s good the police have been around trying to work out what happened.’

Marie Missen, 51, who owns cosmetic salon Butterfly Beauty, said: ‘It’s usually quite quiet around here. I get good customers and everyone that comes by is friendly and nice.’

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Fratton CID by calling 101.