Arrest over Portsmouth lone women attacks

Ports Creek, Hilsea One of the women was attacked as she walked her dog at Ports Creek, Hilsea

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A man has been arrested in connection with three motiveless attacks on lone women in Portsmouth.

A 20-year-old victim was assaulted on 20 June in Cosham, and a 45-year-old woman was attacked nine days later in Hilsea.

Both women were stabbed in the chest. Another woman was treated in hospital after an attack in Cosham on Friday.

A man, 30, from Waterlooville, has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Increased patrols

The 45-year-old dog walker was approached by a man on a wooded footpath along the shore of Ports Creek in Hilsea, at about 11:20 BST on 29 June.

The attack happened east of the footbridge that crosses from Peronne Road to the Highbury estate.

The 20-year-old woman was assaulted by a man at about 22:40 on 20 June on Southampton Road, opposite a block of flats on Ashurst Road, in Cosham.

Police believe both women were attacked by some sort of bladed object, possibly a knife, although their injuries were not life-threatening.

The third woman was attacked by a man at about 13:00 on Friday as she was walking in an alleyway between Colwell Road and Northern Road in Cosham.

Her injuries, the details of which have not yet been revealed, were not life-threatening.

The force said increased police patrols would continue over the weekend to provide reassurance to the community.

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