Two women, 25 and 22, arrested over 'nasty' Southsea Common attack caught on video

TWO women have been arrested after an attack on a woman at Southsea Common was captured on a viral video.

Monday, 22nd June 2020, 12:22 pm
Updated Monday, 22nd June 2020, 1:15 pm

The 20-year-old victim, from Havant, was subjected to a ‘nasty’ attack on June 17 at around 8.30pm.

Hampshire police said a 25-year-old woman, from Cosham, and a 22-year-old woman, from central Portsmouth, have been arrested.

Both women were held on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.

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The sickening attack on Southsea Common has been viewed about 400,000 times online

The victim suffered serious injuries to her head and face and was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham but was later discharged.

A fundraiser has since been launched to raise money for the victim, named as Rebecca.

DS Jamie Palmer said: ‘Our investigations into this nasty assault are continuing and we are still keen to hear from anyone who has information about what happened on the common that evening.

‘We know from the footage taken of what happened that there were a lot of people in the area, so if you have yet to speak to us, please contact us immediately.

‘I also want to reiterate my earlier appeal for people to stop sharing the footage of the incident online, as this is only causing further distress to the victim and her family.

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‘If you have any footage or images from that evening, please call us on 101, quoting 44200219951.

‘Southsea Common remains a priority area for our officers, who will continue their patrols today, so if you have any concerns or any information which you think could help with the investigation, please speak to them.’

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