Two weeks on, how the hunt for the hammer attacker has progressed

An efit of a man police want to speak to after the hammer attack on a 17-year-old girl in Shearer Road
An efit of a man police want to speak to after the hammer attack on a 17-year-old girl in Shearer Road
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It’s two weeks tonight since a man armed with a hammer carried out an savage assault that shocked Portsmouth.

As police continue their hunt for the attacker, here’s our summary of how the search has developed.

April 11: A manhunt is launched after a 17-year-old girl suffers ‘life threatening’ injuries in the hammer attack. The victim is rushed to Southampton General Hospital after an ambulance crew is called to a house in Shearer Road at 7.05pm There is soon a large police presence in the area, with forensic officers beginning a detailed investigation in and around the house.

April 12: By the following morning, with the attacker still at large, Cllr Julie Swan, ward councillor for Fratton, urges people to get in touch with the police with information.

April 13: CCTV is released, showing a man running across Shearer Road into Beecham Road past the Shearer Arms pub at 7pm on the night of the attack. Police say the victim remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

April 14: Police release an efit of a man they want to speak to in connections with the attack.

April 20: With the attacker still not traced, police offer a £5,000 reward in return for information which will lead to the prosecution of the man responsible. Hampshire Constabulary now class this case as attempted murder.

April 21: Police say the girl is in a stable condition in hospital but has suffered a ‘life changing’ head injury.

April 23: Two fresh CCTV images are released of a man police want to trace. It is revealed the suspect was wearing a grey hooded top, cap and sunglasses and had a ginger or brown beard. Police stage a reconstruction in Queen Street and Commercial Road of the movements of the suspect.