A major artery running through Somerstown remains sealed-off to both motorists and pedestrians this afternoon as police continue a painstaking search of the area following an attempted murder.
A 20-year-old man, from Birmingham, substained serious injuries in a brutal attack in Peel Place, just off of Middle Street, shortly before midnight. Paramedics rushed him to QA Hospital were his condition has been described as serious.
A police cordon has now been lifted from the King Street Tavern public house were the man sought refuge following the attack.
A 21-year-old man, from London, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in custody at this time.
Local sources believe the attack occurred after a ‘County Lines’ drug deal turned sour in the quiet Somerstown cul-de-sac.
Middle Street is completely closed by a police cordon at the junction with Sackville Street with the cordon extending into neighbouring Peel Place where the attack is believed to occur.
It appears after the victim was attacked in Peel Place he fled up Middle Street to the nearby pub seeking assistance.
The Landlord of the King Street Tavern told Spotted Portsmouth, “The victim walked into the King Street Tavern asking for help having been attacked, our staff called the ambulance service and gave assistance to the victim.”
Pools of blood can be seen on the pavement and road behind the police cordon in Peel Place and in Middle Street. A black balaclava has been found at the scene but officers cannot confirm if it is linked to the incident.
Police are asking people to avoid the area whilst the road remains closed.
Detective Inspector David Wet said, “We know that news of this incident will cause concern for residents in the area but I would like to reassure them that we are doing everything we can to establish exactly what has happened.
“Detectives and our neighbourhood officers are working extremely hard to ensure all lines of enquiry are thoroughly investigated.
“You will see a lot of police activity in the area, so please, if you do have any concerns, come and speak to us.
“We are also keen to speak to anyone who saw what happened last night, or who saw anything suspicious that could help with our investigation.”
If you have any information relating to this case, please call 101 quoting reference 441 8006 4211, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously.