Hampshire & Isle of Wight

More time to question boy over Portsmouth stab 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

Detectives have been given more time to question a teenager about attacks on three women in Portsmouth.

It follows a series of assaults on lone women on June 20, June 29 and July 11. Two of the women were stabbed in the chest.

Police believe both women were wounded by a bladed object, possibly a knife. Their injuries were serious but not life-threatening.

The 17-year-old boy from Hilsea was arrested on Sunday.

Magistrates have granted Hampshire Police an extension until Wednesday afternoon to continue questioning him.

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

Increased patrols

In the first assault, a 20-year-old woman was stabbed in the chest at about 22:40 BST on 20 June on Southampton Road, opposite a block of flats on Ashurst Road, Cosham.

The second took place nine days later on a wooded footpath along the shore of Ports Creek in Hilsea, at about 11:20 BST. A 45-year-old dog walker was stabbed in the chest.

The third woman, a 66-year-old was attacked by a man at about 13:00 BST on 11 July as she was walking in an alleyway between Colwell Road and Northern Road in Cosham.

Hampshire Police said increased patrols remained in place in the area to provide reassurance.

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