New witness appeal to mark one week since second woman stabbed in Portsmouth

Picture: Allan Hutchings
Picture: Allan Hutchings

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A FRESH appeal for information on two unprovoked stabbings in Portsmouth is being made by police.

Detectives from the Hampshire Major Investigation Team (HMIT) have given descriptions of people seen in the area of the second assault on a woman who was walking her dog – a week ago today.

Acting Detective Inspector Liam Davies for HMIT said: ‘We’re returning to the Ports Creek footpath in Hilsea today, to meet and speak with members of the public, some of whom we believe were in this area exactly a week ago, and may remember information that’s useful to detectives.

‘Our continued advice to women and the wider community in Portsmouth is to be alert but not alarmed.

‘Continue your daily lives and business as you would normally, and report any suspicious behaviour you notice, particularly any sightings of a man matching the description in this appeal.’

As reported, the first assault happened at around 11.20am on Sunday, June 29.

A 45-year-old woman was walking her dog on a wooded footpath in the Foxes Forest area along the shoreline of Ports Creek.

She was approached by a man in front of her, walking in the opposite direction, who then carried out an assault before running off towards Hilsea Lines.

The woman sustained a stab wound to her chest. Her injury was not life-threatening and she was able to leave hospital earlier in the week.

The witnesses have been described as:

.Two white men walking together with a small dog.

.A white woman, aged in her mid-20s with blonde/brown hair tied up, walking with a pushchair and a young girl on foot with light brown/blonde hair.

.A white man with long wavy light brown hair down to his shoulders riding a mountain bike.

.A group of people sitting in a field, possibly having a picnic. The group included a white female and a white dog.

.A white man and white woman, aged in their 60s or above, walking together with a black and tan German Shepherd dog.

Acting Detective Inspector Davies added: ‘We’d like to thank members of the public who’ve responded to our appeals and helped us with enquiries so far.

‘Detectives continue to pursue several lines of enquiries including appeals for potential extra witnesses, some of who were seen in the area on the morning of Sunday.

‘It’s important to say these people are purely possible witnesses to events on the footpath that morning. They are not suspects.’

Police officers are also reissuing a description of the suspect.

He is described as a white man in his late teens or early 20s, and wearing a blue hooded top with yellow writing and blue jeans.

This attack is being linked to a similar crime, which took place on Friday, June 20.

The attack took place at around 10.40pm when a 20-year-old woman was walking on her own along Southampton Road, near a bus stop opposite a block of flats on Ashurst Road.

A man approached the woman from behind and assaulted her. She received a stab wound to the chest, which was serious but not life-threatening.

The crimes are being linked as both the victims, who do not know each other, were lone female and were stabbed by an unknown male.

Anyone with information can call the HMIT on 101 and quoting Operation Bedham, or email