HAMPSHIRE CONSTABULARY have announced they have launched an “urgent” appeal for witnesses and information to assist their continuing investigation following an incident in Gosport High Street on Tuesday morning (November 21); which saw a man in his thirties approached by a male cyclist and then allegedly threatened with an “offensive weapon”.
The incident is reported to have occurred between 8:22am and 8:30am on Tuesday with the cyclist verbally threatening the man, before showing him an ‘object’ in his pocket which is believed to have been a knife. Police attended the scene and said in a press release that a knife had not been located, despite searches of this scene and its surrounding areas.
A forty-five year old man from Gosport has since been arrested on suspicion of showing threatening (abusive / insulting words) behaviour with intent to cause fear or provoke ‘unlawful’ violence; alongside criminal damage to property valued under £5,000. He has been bailed until February 21 next year whilst investigators continue with the extensive enquires.
Police believe there was multiple residents in the vicinity of the offence and surrounding area around the time who may have witnessed the incident; as well as before and afterwards. This includes those who were walking and driving in the immediate area; with any useful information and dash cam footage from vehicles all welcomed by investigating officers.
Investigators are asking for anybody with information or footage to contact police by calling the non-emergency number 101 and quote the case’s reference number of 44230475737. They can further submit details using the online reporting tool available on the Hampshire Police website, with all official support and further guidance available on the links here.
Alternatively, readers can contact the “independent charity” Crimestoppers 100% anonymously by calling 0800 555 111 for absolutely free; or via their anonymous online forms which can be found through their website: https://orlo.uk/250kR
PICTURED BY HAMPSHIRE CONSTABULARY: Graphic showing any witness appeal that is launched for police force.