Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Portsmouth park jogger stabbing 'linked to fight'

A jogger was stabbed during one of two knife crimes in a Hampshire park that police believe are connected.

The 22-year-old was knifed in the leg at about 2300 BST, on Saturday, in Kingston Park, off St. Mary's Road, Portsmouth.

Hampshire Police said they believed his stabbing was connected to a fight in the park, at about 2030 BST, between several men, one of whom had a knife.

The jogger was taken to hospital but his injuries are not life-threatening.

Three men had approached the man as he ran through the park and shouted abuse at him before hitting him and stabbing him in the leg with a small blade.

The victim was left next to a park bench with injuries to his face and left leg.

His attackers ran away from the scene towards Byerley Road.

Det Con Pete Bambury said: "I'm aware that some local teenagers meet at the park regularly. They could be crucial witnesses if they know anything that may help.

"We believe the earlier report of a fight in Kingston Park is linked to the assault that took place later the same evening.

"The park would have been open at around 8.30pm with families, dog walkers, cyclists and other joggers using the area frequently. Anyone who remembers seeing a fight is asked to call police."

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