HAMPSHIRE POLICE have launched an urgent appeal for witnesses and information after a couple were attacked by a group in Fareham Town Centre earlier in the weekend; which left them both needing hospital treatment for varying injuries following their departure from the Slug and Lettuce restaurant on West Street.
As the pair walked through the town centre towards the bus station and taxi rank located on Harper Way, they were approached by a small group of people on West Street; who then surrounded and subsequently assaulted the pair. It is believed that this incident occurred at approximately 1am according to investigators.
A man in his 30s from Gosport received serious, but not life-threatening injuries, and was taken for treatment at Southampton General Hospital, where he remains. Meanwhile a woman aged in her 20s from Fareham also received minor injuries but was taken to hospital as a precaution, before being discharged by doctors.
Detective Constable Kate Hollis, said in a short online statement published on Sunday afternoon: “We are really keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed this horrific attack on two people as they left a local restaurant in the early hours of Saturday morning. We are especially keen to identify those people as they may be able to aid our investigation. If this was you, we would implore you to get in contact with police”
She continued to ask for any video footage captured in the area around 1am on Saturday, which could show the events around the incident: “Were you in the area at the time of the incident? Perhaps you have mobile phone footage or dash-cam footage? If you have any information we would really like to hear from you.”
Anyone with information or footage is asked to contact police by calling the non-emergency number 101 and quote the case’s reference number 44220317048. They can also submit details using the online reporting tool available on the Hampshire Police website, with support and guidance available here.
Alternatively, readers can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously by calling 0800 555 111, or via their anonymous online form which can be found through their website: https://orlo.uk/250kR.
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