Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Arrest over Portsmouth lone women attacks

Ports Creek, Hilsea Image copyright Colin Babb
Image caption One of the women was attacked as she walked her dog at Ports Creek, Hilsea

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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