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Hampshire Constabulary - Southsea serious assault

Hampshire Constabulary have launched an investigation into the attack of a 40 year old female on Southsea Common. During the attack, the victim was subjected to a serious physical and sexual assault by two suspects. This occurred between 21:45 and 23:30 on Monday 03/08/2020.

Details of Incident

The woman was walking on Southsea Common toward the Pyramid Centre, close to Clarence Esplanade, on Monday 3 August at around 9.45pm when she was attacked on the Common by a male unknown to her close to the road junction of South Parade and Jack Cockerill Way.


Only one attacker was seen.  He is described as being a white male, with some facial hair.  He was wearing a surgical style mask, a dark coloured baseball cap, dark coloured top which possibly had a zip.


As a result of the attack the woman suffered significant injuries.


This is a complex investigation, and enquiries have now revealed that we are looking at the possibility of two suspects.


Our officers are working hard to investigate this incident, and we continue to appeal for any information the public may have which could help us identify the offenders.


A 19-year-old man, who had previously been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault in connection with this incident, is no longer being treated as a suspect and will face no further action.


Detective Inspector Matt Gillooly said: “We understand details of this offence will cause increased anxiety but please be reassured that we are continuing to investigate this case thoroughly and are following a number of complex enquiries.


It is important that we keep you updated with these developments, and we thank the community for their ongoing support and understanding.


There continue to be extra patrols on Southsea Common and the surrounding areas, and our officers welcome you to approach them with any concerns. We are doing all we can to identify these men, and keep Portsmouth safe.

If you were in the area of Southsea Common in the evening of 3 August we ask you to cast your mind back and try to think of anything unusual that stood out to you.


Temperatures had been high that day and as a result the common was very busy, this was also the weekend the circus were setting up. At the time of the offence the sun was setting and it was dark.”

Contact Information

If you would prefer to speak to someone, please call 101 and ask for Hampshire Constabulary, quoting reference 44200292589 or Operation Outwards.
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their online anonymous form at no personal details are taken, calls cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.