Witness appeal following suspicious incident in Portsmouth

 

We’re investigating a report of a suspicious incident in Butterfly Drive, Paulsgrove, last night (3 April).

At about 8.10pm a man is alleged to have grabbed a 9-year-old girl’s ankle, as she was stood on a green communication box. 

The girl stamped her foot and screamed out and the man walked away.  He is believed to have got into a car, where a second person was seen.  The car then drove off.

Detective Inspector James Stewart said: “We have not received any similar reports in the area, therefore this is being treated as an isolated incident, at this time.

“More often than not, this type of incident turns out to have innocent explanation, however we would like to reassure the community that we take all such reports seriously and that a thorough investigation is being undertaken”

“Officers have been patrolling the local area, conducting house to house enquiries and distributing information leaflets to reassure the local community. 

“As always, we advise parents to remind children of the stranger danger message.   Our advice is always to stay alert, not alarmed and to report anything suspicious on 101, or in an emergency or if a crime is in progress call 999.”

If you witnessed the incident or saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area, we’d like to hear from you.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting 44170124648.

Witness appeal following suspicious incident in Portsmouth

We’re investigating a report of a suspicious incident in Butterfly Drive, Paulsgrove, last night (3 April).

At about 8.10pm a man is alleged to have grabbed a 9-year-old girl’s ankle, as she was stood on a green communication box. 

The girl stamped her foot and screamed out and the man walked away.  He is believed to have got into a car, where a second person was seen.  The car then drove off.

Detective Inspector James Stewart said: “We have not received any similar reports in the area, therefore this is being treated as an isolated incident, at this time.

“More often than not, this type of incident turns out to have innocent explanation, however we would like to reassure the community that we take all such reports seriously and that a thorough investigation is being undertaken”.

“Officers have been patrolling the local area, conducting house to house enquiries and distributing information leaflets to reassure the local community. 

 “As always, we advise parents to remind children of the stranger danger message.   Our advice is always to stay alert, not alarmed and to report anything suspicious on 101, or in an emergency or if a crime is in progress call 999.”

If you witnessed the incident or saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area, we’d like to hear from you.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting 44170124648.

UPDATE – Police issue further detail after Southsea sexual assault

 

Detectives are now in a position to release a description of the offender after a 48-year-old woman was sexually assaulted in Southsea earlier this morning (Friday 31 March).


The victim was out walking two dogs when she was approached from behind by a man in the Manners Lane area at around 5.45am.

The man was disturbed when two male cyclists road past, causing him to flee the scene.

The victim suffered a minor injury to her face and was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital as a precaution.

The offender is described as white, approximately 5ft 8ins to 5ft 9ins tall. He was wearing dark clothing including a hooded top with the hood up and gloves which may have been leather.

Detective Inspector Adam Price said: “We are particularly appealing for the two cyclists to come forward as they may have information which could help the investigation.

“We are also very keen to speak to a woman who was in the area and was approached by the victim a short time after the assault asking for help.

“Were you in this area of Southsea this morning? Do you know who the offender may be? Please contact us if you have any information which could help us identify the person responsible.”

The Neighbourhood Policing Team are conducting increased patrols in the area over the next few days, anyone with concerns is encouraged to contact them by calling 101.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Eastern Investigations on 101, quoting 44170119402, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Witness appeal following robbery in Southsea

 

We’re appealing for witnesses to a robbery in Delamere Road, which happened sometime between 2pm and 2.40pm on Saturday (1 April).

A 22-year-old woman was hit in the arm by a man, causing her to drop her iphone 6S.  The man then picked up the phone and ran off. 

The woman was unhurt in the incident, although she was left shocked.

The suspect was described as:

  • White man
  • 18-20-years-old
  • About 5’ 6” – 5’ 7” tall
  • Skinny build
  • Short, mousey-brown hair
  • At the time of the incident he was wearing blue jeans, a grey t-shirt and white trainers.

We would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed this unusual and isolated incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting 44170121631. 

Appeal following sexual assault in Southsea this morning

 

Police are investigating a sexual assault in Portsmouth this morning.

A 48-year-old woman was out walking two dogs when she was approached from behind by a man in the Manners Lane area of Southsea at around 5.45am.


The man was disturbed when two male cyclists road past, causing him to flee the scene.

The victim suffered a minor injury to her face and was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital as a precaution.

We are currently at the scene, part of which has been cordoned off to allow our investigations to continue.

Officers are appealing for the two cyclists to come forward as they may have information which could help the investigation.

They would also like to speak to a woman who was in the area and was approached by the victim a short time after the assault.

Anyone with information is asked to call DC Samantha Barber on 101, quoting 44170119402, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Two men jailed for supplying drugs in Portsmouth

Two men have been given sentences totalling six years, following investigations into the supply of Class A drugs in Portsmouth.

The two men were arrested on 23 February in St Helens Parade, Southsea.

Wilker Amaro, 22, of Provost St, London, has been sentenced to 42 months in prison for possession with intent to supply class a drugs (crack cocaine and heroin).

Vazcontreiras Hailton, 26, of St Helen’s Parade, Southsea, has been sentenced to 30 months for possession with intent to supply class a drugs (crack cocaine and heroin).

Chief Inspector James Pegler said: “Police in Portsmouth, including our new drugs related harm team, are continuing to disrupt and tackle drug-dealing in the city.

“I hope these results reassure the local community that we will not tolerate drug-dealing in Portsmouth.

“We continue to work with our partners to restrict the supply of drugs and reduce the demand for them in Portsmouth and make it a hostile place for drug dealers.”

Operation Fortress sees police and other agencies working together to reduce the harm of drug-related violence. One of the aims is to restrict the supply of drugs and officers are keen to hear from anyone who is concerned about illegal drugs or drug-related crime in their neighbourhood. The things to look out for are as follows:
• A sudden increase in visitors to a house or flat and people only staying for a very short time.
• Short exchanges between small groups of people at or close to a flat or house.
• Residents leaving a flat or house on numerous occasions throughout the day and returning a short time later.
• People loitering in an area and using their mobile phones frequently.
• New-looking or hire cars parked outside a house or flat that wouldn’t normally be there, and being driven by somebody that you wouldn’t normally associate with driving that style of car.
If you have any concerns about drug-related activity in your area please contact us on 101 or 999 if a crime is in progress. Information can be given anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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