University of Portsmouth Global Week, Monday 18 March-Wednesday 20 March

Global Week is the University’s annual celebration of worldwide culture and friendship for everyone. Whether you’re an international or British student, or a member of the local community, join us to celebrate our diversity. You can attend various free events throughout the week, including sports competitions, guest lectures, film screenings and our flagship event, the Festival of Cultures. With 4,000 international students from 150 different countries at the University, you’ll experience a huge range of cultures. Full programme


Be quiet and calm my countrymen: the story of SS Mendi, Wednesday 20 February, 6:00-7:00pm, followed by a drinks reception.

Be quiet and calm my countrymen: the story of SS Mendi, Wednesday 20 February, 6:00-7:00pm, followed by a drinks reception. University of Portsmouth, Richmond Building, Lecture Theatre 1, Portland Street, Portsmouth PO1 3DE Continue reading “Be quiet and calm my countrymen: the story of SS Mendi, Wednesday 20 February, 6:00-7:00pm, followed by a drinks reception.”

Want to help? – Buy a brick!


Stop Domestic Abuse urgently needs to buy a refuge in the South East Hampshire area.

Donations to ‘Buy a Brick’ will not only help us to build a home for victims of domestic abuse but will also help to rebuild the lives of the women and children who stay there.

If you’d like to make a donation this Christmas please visit our website

Claire Lambon, CEO, Stop Domestic Abuse

Christmas Crime Prevention


We wanted to take this opportunity to thank the 1200 people who completed our Community Safety Survey this year. They have helped us to get a picture of crime and anti-social behaviour in the city and also to shape our Christmas Crime prevention messages. While worries about crime were far greater than actual experience of crime, we thought we should share with you the most common worries and the most commonly experienced crimes. Continue reading “Christmas Crime Prevention”

Domestic Abuse at Christmas (and why a brick may be the best Christmas present you buy this year!)

broken christmas baubles

Research shows that incidents of Domestic Abuse rise at Christmas whilst most of us will be ‘enjoying’ more family time this Christmas for some it will be a time of terror and walking on eggshells.

In Portsmouth a shocking 38% of all assaults take place in a family setting. Continue reading “Domestic Abuse at Christmas (and why a brick may be the best Christmas present you buy this year!)”

County Lines

County Lines

The Home Office has published updated guidance to help frontline workers identify and protect victims of county lines gangs

County lines is a model used by criminal gangs whereby urban gangs supply drugs to suburban areas and both market and coastal towns. These gangs frequently exploit children and vulnerable adults to courier drugs and money. Some vulnerable adults have their homes taken over by the gangs (cuckooing) using force or coercion.

More information for professionals, front line workers and the voluntary sector can be found on the Home Office website.


Child criminal exploitation warrants in Portsmouth

Officers in Portsmouth have carried out warrants and made four arrests as part of an investigation into child criminal exploitation related to the supply of illegal drugs in the city yesterday (October 9).

Hampshire Constabulary’s Missing and Exploited Team, with support from the Neighbourhood Policing Team, executed warrants at addresses in Paulsgrove and Fratton.

Officers arrested one man and three teenage boys and seized a quantity of Class A and Class B drugs, as well as an imitation firearm and more than £2,000 in cash.

Those arrested were:

  • A 22-year-old man from Portsmouth who was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to traffic children under the Modern Slavery Act and conspiracy to supply Class A drugs.
  • A 15 year-old boy and two 16-year-old boys from Portsmouth who were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs

They have all been released from custody but remain under investigation.

The exploitation of children is a force priority and work with partners happens every day to keep young people in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight safer.

The Missing and Exploited Team seeks to safeguard young people believed to be at risk of exploitation, target perpetrators and manage missing people.

Detective Inspector Ross Toms said: “Operations like the one carried out yesterday are only possible by working with communities and our partners.

“We can take action but we need information to build up a picture of what is happening and identify the risks to young people.

“I would encourage all parents, teachers, carers, and others who live or work with young people to be aware of the signs that a child could be being exploited and contact us or one of our partners, such as Portsmouth City Council.

“Our priority is to keep young or vulnerable people safe. Child criminal exploitation can be complex and it’s important that our partnership response looks beyond the criminality we initially identify to ensure we protect those involved with the most appropriate outcome.

”Our message to those individuals exploiting young people is simple. If you choose to use children to supply drugs or exploit them for criminal purposes we will investigate you to pursue a conviction wherever possible”.

Family Fun Day – Celebrating International Day of Peace

Multicultural event
Partners from the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, Hampshire Constabulary and Portsmouth City Council are organising an International Day of Peace Community Celebration on Saturday 22 September 2018, from 11am to 4pm at Southsea Fire Station. 
This family fun day will be a celebration of the things that make this city great, and we are hoping to see all the cultures and communities in Portsmouth represented there.
Many community groups have signed up to deliver a range of activities, cook food, perform and volunteer on the day. We will also have fun activities for all ages, including a bouncy castle, interactive arts projects, henna tattoos, face painting, and balloon modelling, as well as food vendors.
Please join us as we mark this year’s UN International Day of Peace with an opportunity to celebrate our wonderfully diverse great waterfront city.

Arrests made in connection with child exploitation investigation in Portsmouth

Police have conducted a series of warrants throughout Tuesday 21 August in Portsmouth and Havant.

The arrests are in connection with a complex and detailed investigation into criminal and sexual exploitation of teenagers in Portsmouth.

A number of victims have been identified and are being supported and safeguarded by the local authority, police and other agencies.

Portsmouth District Commander Superintendent Maggie Blyth said: “This investigation involves specialist teams across the force and it will take us some time to understand the details.

“Gathering details from victims is a delicate process and they are being supported through this. This support will be ongoing.

“We are taking a strong partnership approach to this investigation which will continue. We’d encourage anyone who thinks they may be able to help us to contact us, or if they are more comfortable a social worker, support worker someone else trusted.

“We are communicating directly within the community, anyone with concerns can also contact their local Neighbourhood Policing team.”

Nine people were arrested and have been released under investigation:

  • Two 17-year-old boys from Portsmouth
  • 23-year-old man from Portsmouth
  • 21-year-old man from Portsmouth
  • Two 15-year-old boys from Havant
  • 29-year-old man from Portsmouth
  • 13-year-old boy from Portsmouth
  • 14-year-old boy from Havant

Children’s Services at Portsmouth City Council have a dedicated phone number to report concerns relating to the welfare of young people in the city, 023 9243 7645.

Successful Child Sexual Crime support service extended to Portsmouth


Families in Portsmouth will soon be able to access the Frankie Worker counselling service, which supports young victims of child sexual abuse, child sexual exploitation, and female genital mutilation (FGM) following decisions by Police and Crime Commissioner, Michael Lane, and NHS England to extend funding.

The Frankie Worker service provides support to some of the most vulnerable victims of sexual crime by offering specialist counselling at an early stage to prevent trauma from developing into poor mental health. Continue reading “Successful Child Sexual Crime support service extended to Portsmouth”