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Police appeal after Gosport fireworks incident

HAMPSHIRE CONSTABULARY have announced they have launched an “urgent” appeal for witnesses and information to assist their continuing investigations following an incident within the Peel Common area of Gosport earlier this week; which saw a woman in her twenties sustain burn injuries after being “hit” with a firework on New Years Day (January 1).

It was reported that the victim was walking along Hoylake Close with her partner and dog at approximately 12:30am on Monday; when a ‘firework’ exploded in front of them after it had travelled across patches of grass and a pavement. She was believed to have sustained burns to both her legs as a result of this incident but these aren’t reported to be severe.

Her partner and dog did not sustain any injuries from the incident but officers are looking to speak with four people who were “witnessed” to have run away from the scene. They are described as being two men and two women aged in their twenties; although no further / official descriptions on their clothes and appearances are available at the time of writing.

Detectives have said they are further hopeful of speaking with anyone who may have seen or heard the incident taking place, as well as those who may have seen the four people in the surrounding area. This further includes any residents or drivers who could have video footage that could help this investigation; whether this is from doorbell / dash cameras.

Investigators are asking for people with any fresh information to contact officers by calling their non-emergency number 101 and quote the case’s reference number of 44240000045. 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:

PICTURED BY HAMPSHIRE CONSTABULARY: Graphic displaying this new ‘witness appeal’ launched by police force.