Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Portsmouth stab attacks: Teenager remanded in custody

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 teenage boy has appeared in court charged with the attempted murder of three women who were attacked in Portsmouth.

He is accused of a series of separate assaults on the women in June and July.

Two of the women were stabbed in the chest. Their injuries were serious but not life-threatening.

The 17-year-old, from Hilsea, appeared at Fareham Youth Court earlier and was remanded in custody. He will appear at Winchester Crown Court on 30 July.

He was also charged with possession of a bladed article.

The youth, who cannot be named because of his age, was arrested on Sunday.

On 20 June, a 20-year-old woman was stabbed in the chest on Southampton Road, opposite a block of flats on Ashurst Road, Cosham.

Nine days later, a 45-year-old dog walker was stabbed in the chest while walking on a footpath along the shore of Ports Creek in Hilsea.

A 66-year-old was attacked on 11 July as she walked in an alleyway between Colwell Road and Northern Road in Cosham.

Police said a 30-year-old man from Waterlooville, who was arrested on Friday, had been released without charge.

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