Cordon Extended on Somerstown Road and Man arrested

A major artery running through Somerstown remains sealed-off to both motorists and pedestrians this morning as police investigate a serious incident.

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 extended down to the King Street Tavern public house after Spotted Portsmouth discovered evidence important to the investigation, which has now become an attempted murder enquiry.

A 21-year-old man, from London, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in custody at this time.

Middle Street is completely closed by a police cordon at the junction with Sackville Street down to the King Street Tavern, with a further cordon in neighbouring Peel Place. Officers at the scene believe the cordon will remain in place until at least 12.30pm. The pub will be unable to open until the cordon is lifted.

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.

Officers at the scene confirmed they are guarding two areas of interest awaiting scene of crime specialists.

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.