Police cordon off road after sex attack in Bevois Valley area of Southampton

Daily Echo: Police at the scene in Ancasta Road in Bevois Valley Police at the scene in Ancasta Road in Bevois Valley

A STREET has been cordoned off by police after reports of a sexual assault.

Ancasta Road, in the Bevois Valley area of Southampton, is currently the scene of a police investigation into the assault, which happened over night.

Officers are currently standing guard and the road has been taped off as investigations continue in to what happened.

A police officer is at the scene next to the junction of Clausentum Road, while a police van is parked on Bevois Valley Road.

The cordon was put in place at 7.55am this morning, and several residents have asked officers at the scene what is going on.

The cordoned area is next to Helibeds, and just around the corner is The Guidedog pub.

Currently a team of officers are scouring the area to find out what happened.

A woman who did not want to be named said that the area can be dangerous.

She said: "I drove past here this morning at half past 6 and the cordon was not here. This area is quite notorious especially late at night, this isn't unusual."

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11:44am Thu 20 Mar 14

Huey says...

Ahhhh what a place
Ahhhh what a place Huey
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12:08pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Portswood Pete says...

I'm just up the road from there and it is a bit of a hell hole round there but it has two of the best pubs in Southampton, the aforementioned Guide Dog and the Rockstone. I hope the victim is getting all the help and support they need and the cops make an arrest soon.
I'm just up the road from there and it is a bit of a hell hole round there but it has two of the best pubs in Southampton, the aforementioned Guide Dog and the Rockstone. I hope the victim is getting all the help and support they need and the cops make an arrest soon. Portswood Pete
  • Score: 64

12:26pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Bobs Your Uncle ? says...

Portswood Pete wrote:
I'm just up the road from there and it is a bit of a hell hole round there but it has two of the best pubs in Southampton, the aforementioned Guide Dog and the Rockstone. I hope the victim is getting all the help and support they need and the cops make an arrest soon.
bit of a hellhole is a understatement .
[quote][p][bold]Portswood Pete[/bold] wrote: I'm just up the road from there and it is a bit of a hell hole round there but it has two of the best pubs in Southampton, the aforementioned Guide Dog and the Rockstone. I hope the victim is getting all the help and support they need and the cops make an arrest soon.[/p][/quote]bit of a hellhole is a understatement . Bobs Your Uncle ?
  • Score: 5

12:48pm Thu 20 Mar 14

hardcoretilidie68 says...

on my way to school my boys aged 10. 9. 6 year old twins asked police what happened they just said an incident I live in this rd quite disturbing on your door step I cant wait to move back to Shirley its no good atall this area . I heard screams last nite bout 4am but that's nothing new with students **** about all hours
on my way to school my boys aged 10. 9. 6 year old twins asked police what happened they just said an incident I live in this rd quite disturbing on your door step I cant wait to move back to Shirley its no good atall this area . I heard screams last nite bout 4am but that's nothing new with students **** about all hours hardcoretilidie68
  • Score: -19

1:08pm Thu 20 Mar 14

sotonman2012 says...

So it didn't happen last night it happened between 6:30 am & about 7:30 am if the cordon was only put up at 7:55 am this morning, has anyone been arrested ? what was the victim wearing ? what was the offender wearing ? I don't see why the DE have reported this story when there are no facts ( Not even a time )

The area of Bevios Valley has & always will be rough, a stone's throw away from Southampton's red light district aswell. Also is there a chance this could be linked to the St Marys sex attack over the weekend ?

As "hardcoretilidie68" stupid comment did you really expect the police to tell your children there has been a sexual attack ? Good luck moving back to Shirley, just as worse.

Regardless I hope the victim makes a quick recovery & this man/women who attacked the victim is caught.
So it didn't happen last night it happened between 6:30 am & about 7:30 am if the cordon was only put up at 7:55 am this morning, has anyone been arrested ? what was the victim wearing ? what was the offender wearing ? I don't see why the DE have reported this story when there are no facts ( Not even a time ) The area of Bevios Valley has & always will be rough, a stone's throw away from Southampton's red light district aswell. Also is there a chance this could be linked to the St Marys sex attack over the weekend ? As "hardcoretilidie68" stupid comment did you really expect the police to tell your children there has been a sexual attack ? Good luck moving back to Shirley, just as worse. Regardless I hope the victim makes a quick recovery & this man/women who attacked the victim is caught. sotonman2012
  • Score: -10

1:26pm Thu 20 Mar 14

bigfella777 says...

sotonman2012 wrote:
So it didn't happen last night it happened between 6:30 am & about 7:30 am if the cordon was only put up at 7:55 am this morning, has anyone been arrested ? what was the victim wearing ? what was the offender wearing ? I don't see why the DE have reported this story when there are no facts ( Not even a time )

The area of Bevios Valley has & always will be rough, a stone's throw away from Southampton's red light district aswell. Also is there a chance this could be linked to the St Marys sex attack over the weekend ?

As "hardcoretilidi
e68" stupid comment did you really expect the police to tell your children there has been a sexual attack ? Good luck moving back to Shirley, just as worse.

Regardless I hope the victim makes a quick recovery & this man/women who attacked the victim is caught.
It's true that Empress Rd is used for prostitution, this attracts the wrong sort of people to the area. It should be stamped out
[quote][p][bold]sotonman2012[/bold] wrote: So it didn't happen last night it happened between 6:30 am & about 7:30 am if the cordon was only put up at 7:55 am this morning, has anyone been arrested ? what was the victim wearing ? what was the offender wearing ? I don't see why the DE have reported this story when there are no facts ( Not even a time ) The area of Bevios Valley has & always will be rough, a stone's throw away from Southampton's red light district aswell. Also is there a chance this could be linked to the St Marys sex attack over the weekend ? As "hardcoretilidi e68" stupid comment did you really expect the police to tell your children there has been a sexual attack ? Good luck moving back to Shirley, just as worse. Regardless I hope the victim makes a quick recovery & this man/women who attacked the victim is caught.[/p][/quote]It's true that Empress Rd is used for prostitution, this attracts the wrong sort of people to the area. It should be stamped out bigfella777
  • Score: 14

2:20pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Bob Barnes says...

Dear Echo Editor pleas, can you do something about the stupid & derogatory comments on your paper, I Live in Thailand & very much enjoy reading the news from my home town, but when I scroll down & see some of the remarks from what I can only term as from retards, is there any way these stupid comments can be further vetted before posting, some of the comments are very valid, but most of them from mainly regulars with who have nothing better than sit in there low life areas & surroundings, just waiting to pounce on the next Innocent victim with there remarks , god knows who taught them how to use a computer in the first place.
Keep up your excellent reports, as I & several friends very much enjoy the Southampton Echo
Dear Echo Editor pleas, can you do something about the stupid & derogatory comments on your paper, I Live in Thailand & very much enjoy reading the news from my home town, but when I scroll down & see some of the remarks from what I can only term as from retards, is there any way these stupid comments can be further vetted before posting, some of the comments are very valid, but most of them from mainly regulars with who have nothing better than sit in there low life areas & surroundings, just waiting to pounce on the next Innocent victim with there remarks , god knows who taught them how to use a computer in the first place. Keep up your excellent reports, as I & several friends very much enjoy the Southampton Echo Bob Barnes
  • Score: 31

2:36pm Thu 20 Mar 14

helenjones1973 says...

I lived opposite The Guide Dog pub in the early 90's and the area was OK back then, full of young couples, older people and the odd student here and there.
Sadly, the area has become a magnet for people buying properties to let and with that comes the absolute dregs of society.
It's tragic really as the houses lend themselves perfectly to first time buyers and young families and the area could have been returned to a nice residential location but alas, it will soon become a no go part of town for many.
I lived opposite The Guide Dog pub in the early 90's and the area was OK back then, full of young couples, older people and the odd student here and there. Sadly, the area has become a magnet for people buying properties to let and with that comes the absolute dregs of society. It's tragic really as the houses lend themselves perfectly to first time buyers and young families and the area could have been returned to a nice residential location but alas, it will soon become a no go part of town for many. helenjones1973
  • Score: 8

2:37pm Thu 20 Mar 14

SOULJACKER says...

Bob Barnes wrote:
Dear Echo Editor pleas, can you do something about the stupid & derogatory comments on your paper, I Live in Thailand & very much enjoy reading the news from my home town, but when I scroll down & see some of the remarks from what I can only term as from retards, is there any way these stupid comments can be further vetted before posting, some of the comments are very valid, but most of them from mainly regulars with who have nothing better than sit in there low life areas & surroundings, just waiting to pounce on the next Innocent victim with there remarks , god knows who taught them how to use a computer in the first place.
Keep up your excellent reports, as I & several friends very much enjoy the Southampton Echo
I can't see what the problem is Bob?
I have lived around here for the last 24 & it has never been so bad, you certainly can't polish a Turd.
[quote][p][bold]Bob Barnes[/bold] wrote: Dear Echo Editor pleas, can you do something about the stupid & derogatory comments on your paper, I Live in Thailand & very much enjoy reading the news from my home town, but when I scroll down & see some of the remarks from what I can only term as from retards, is there any way these stupid comments can be further vetted before posting, some of the comments are very valid, but most of them from mainly regulars with who have nothing better than sit in there low life areas & surroundings, just waiting to pounce on the next Innocent victim with there remarks , god knows who taught them how to use a computer in the first place. Keep up your excellent reports, as I & several friends very much enjoy the Southampton Echo[/p][/quote]I can't see what the problem is Bob? I have lived around here for the last 24 & it has never been so bad, you certainly can't polish a Turd. SOULJACKER
  • Score: -5

3:20pm Thu 20 Mar 14

gilbertratchet says...

bigfella777 wrote:
sotonman2012 wrote:
So it didn't happen last night it happened between 6:30 am & about 7:30 am if the cordon was only put up at 7:55 am this morning, has anyone been arrested ? what was the victim wearing ? what was the offender wearing ? I don't see why the DE have reported this story when there are no facts ( Not even a time )

The area of Bevios Valley has & always will be rough, a stone's throw away from Southampton's red light district aswell. Also is there a chance this could be linked to the St Marys sex attack over the weekend ?

As "hardcoretilidi

e68" stupid comment did you really expect the police to tell your children there has been a sexual attack ? Good luck moving back to Shirley, just as worse.

Regardless I hope the victim makes a quick recovery & this man/women who attacked the victim is caught.
It's true that Empress Rd is used for prostitution, this attracts the wrong sort of people to the area. It should be stamped out
If people are using prostitutes, they're less likely to commit sexual assaults.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonman2012[/bold] wrote: So it didn't happen last night it happened between 6:30 am & about 7:30 am if the cordon was only put up at 7:55 am this morning, has anyone been arrested ? what was the victim wearing ? what was the offender wearing ? I don't see why the DE have reported this story when there are no facts ( Not even a time ) The area of Bevios Valley has & always will be rough, a stone's throw away from Southampton's red light district aswell. Also is there a chance this could be linked to the St Marys sex attack over the weekend ? As "hardcoretilidi e68" stupid comment did you really expect the police to tell your children there has been a sexual attack ? Good luck moving back to Shirley, just as worse. Regardless I hope the victim makes a quick recovery & this man/women who attacked the victim is caught.[/p][/quote]It's true that Empress Rd is used for prostitution, this attracts the wrong sort of people to the area. It should be stamped out[/p][/quote]If people are using prostitutes, they're less likely to commit sexual assaults. gilbertratchet
  • Score: -5

3:43pm Thu 20 Mar 14

7711_777 says...

I am a student and I live on this road, have done for under a year. This area has always terrified me and walking home I am always so scared and weary, this should not be the case at all. Such a dodgy area every week there is something new in the news. Something has to be done about this horrible area, it is not right to walk around in fear. Absolutley shocked by this news. Living in Southampton especially this area has made me scared to walk alone anywhere.
I am a student and I live on this road, have done for under a year. This area has always terrified me and walking home I am always so scared and weary, this should not be the case at all. Such a dodgy area every week there is something new in the news. Something has to be done about this horrible area, it is not right to walk around in fear. Absolutley shocked by this news. Living in Southampton especially this area has made me scared to walk alone anywhere. 7711_777
  • Score: 8

4:04pm Thu 20 Mar 14

solentsu says...

I have read many of the comments on here with interest. As a life long resident of Southampton and living in this area for many years. From what I have witnessed I would say there are many reasons why this and other areas (including Shirley which one commenter is so desperate to get back to) have degenerated. Firstly the influx of the buy to rent landlords. Yes this does have a major effect on an area. I am lucky enough to live in a road in Inner Avenue where the houses are too small to make them viable for multiple occupation or student lets so at least the majority of them are rented to professionals. It is a great area and I am not at all concerned when walking back from the Rockstone/Shooting Star/Guide Dog or any other public house in the area late in the evening. My friend lives in Clausentum Road yards away from where this alleged attack took place. I walk up and down this road regularly day and night and feel no fear. Yes, I would agree, there are some characters i would not wish to come across on a dark night lurking about on occasion but one of the things that does not help is that Ancasta Road, where the alleged attack took place, has been blocked off by traffic calming measures so there is no through traffic and there are bins, raised beds and hedges shading the area as well as poor street lighting. Asking for trouble perhaps? Certainly makes it easy for undesirables to lurk in doorways etc. There are lots of rented houses in multiple occupation in these particular roads as well, students and unemployed sharers make up a substantial number of them. I wonder if it will make a difference to the local housing market when all of these large extremely high rise student halls of residence are finished and filled? Will we still be seeing the 'to rent' signs that the Echo have been stating blight our streets? The fact is unless private rental accommodation becomes more affordable for families (around 1K plus for a 3 bed house) all you will get are sharers in short term lets. Communities are vanishing. People don't know their neighbours and they have no idea if the dodgy looking person stood on the street corner is a resident or not. I grew up in this area, I lived in Shirley for many years which I personally found worse. My son was attacked twice, once in broad daylight, as was my friends daughter at 3.30pm one day on the way to a guitar lesson. Call Shirley safer? I think not. I think also that the roads in this area need to be better looked after by the council. Clausentum Road is rarely swept, there is no pride by transient residents, those who live there long term are fighting a losing battle. Instead of parking wardens hounding locals residents slapping tickets on cars at 8am the council would be better off paying for a few more street cleaners - but I suppose that wouldn't make them any money? Communities are built but at the moment they are just being torn down by greedy landlords and the transient resident culture of the city centre. It is up to Southampton residents with help from the council and police to make all areas a better and safer place to be. Do we have no pride left in this city?
I have read many of the comments on here with interest. As a life long resident of Southampton and living in this area for many years. From what I have witnessed I would say there are many reasons why this and other areas (including Shirley which one commenter is so desperate to get back to) have degenerated. Firstly the influx of the buy to rent landlords. Yes this does have a major effect on an area. I am lucky enough to live in a road in Inner Avenue where the houses are too small to make them viable for multiple occupation or student lets so at least the majority of them are rented to professionals. It is a great area and I am not at all concerned when walking back from the Rockstone/Shooting Star/Guide Dog or any other public house in the area late in the evening. My friend lives in Clausentum Road yards away from where this alleged attack took place. I walk up and down this road regularly day and night and feel no fear. Yes, I would agree, there are some characters i would not wish to come across on a dark night lurking about on occasion but one of the things that does not help is that Ancasta Road, where the alleged attack took place, has been blocked off by traffic calming measures so there is no through traffic and there are bins, raised beds and hedges shading the area as well as poor street lighting. Asking for trouble perhaps? Certainly makes it easy for undesirables to lurk in doorways etc. There are lots of rented houses in multiple occupation in these particular roads as well, students and unemployed sharers make up a substantial number of them. I wonder if it will make a difference to the local housing market when all of these large extremely high rise student halls of residence are finished and filled? Will we still be seeing the 'to rent' signs that the Echo have been stating blight our streets? The fact is unless private rental accommodation becomes more affordable for families (around 1K plus for a 3 bed house) all you will get are sharers in short term lets. Communities are vanishing. People don't know their neighbours and they have no idea if the dodgy looking person stood on the street corner is a resident or not. I grew up in this area, I lived in Shirley for many years which I personally found worse. My son was attacked twice, once in broad daylight, as was my friends daughter at 3.30pm one day on the way to a guitar lesson. Call Shirley safer? I think not. I think also that the roads in this area need to be better looked after by the council. Clausentum Road is rarely swept, there is no pride by transient residents, those who live there long term are fighting a losing battle. Instead of parking wardens hounding locals residents slapping tickets on cars at 8am the council would be better off paying for a few more street cleaners - but I suppose that wouldn't make them any money? Communities are built but at the moment they are just being torn down by greedy landlords and the transient resident culture of the city centre. It is up to Southampton residents with help from the council and police to make all areas a better and safer place to be. Do we have no pride left in this city? solentsu
  • Score: 40

4:09pm Thu 20 Mar 14

kevhem says...

It makes me laugh how people from such a bad area known for its drugs and organised crime, prostitution , bodies burnt in bins , shootings , stabbings, ect. can slag off Shirley with all its new posh flats and legit businesses and mostly private homes as opposed to other areas.
It makes me laugh how people from such a bad area known for its drugs and organised crime, prostitution , bodies burnt in bins , shootings , stabbings, ect. can slag off Shirley with all its new posh flats and legit businesses and mostly private homes as opposed to other areas. kevhem
  • Score: 0

4:23pm Thu 20 Mar 14

solentsu says...

kevhem wrote:
It makes me laugh how people from such a bad area known for its drugs and organised crime, prostitution , bodies burnt in bins , shootings , stabbings, ect. can slag off Shirley with all its new posh flats and legit businesses and mostly private homes as opposed to other areas.
From my point of view it is not about 'slagging off'. I lived in Shirley (the 'nice' part with its lovely private homes!) for well over a decade and areas of it are just as bad for all of the things you state. You are just lucky in that it is not a particularly popular area for students as it is too far out. There are certainly areas of Shirley I would not feel safe in at night. There area pockets like this all over Southampton. No one place is any better than another from my experience. Perhaps if Bevois Valley is so bad for crime, drugs, prostitution, murders etc. then we should see a higher police presence than we do and more work with the community? We should look for solutions rather than just continue with the same old blame culture. Personally I wouldn't move back to Shirley. But that is my choice.
[quote][p][bold]kevhem[/bold] wrote: It makes me laugh how people from such a bad area known for its drugs and organised crime, prostitution , bodies burnt in bins , shootings , stabbings, ect. can slag off Shirley with all its new posh flats and legit businesses and mostly private homes as opposed to other areas.[/p][/quote]From my point of view it is not about 'slagging off'. I lived in Shirley (the 'nice' part with its lovely private homes!) for well over a decade and areas of it are just as bad for all of the things you state. You are just lucky in that it is not a particularly popular area for students as it is too far out. There are certainly areas of Shirley I would not feel safe in at night. There area pockets like this all over Southampton. No one place is any better than another from my experience. Perhaps if Bevois Valley is so bad for crime, drugs, prostitution, murders etc. then we should see a higher police presence than we do and more work with the community? We should look for solutions rather than just continue with the same old blame culture. Personally I wouldn't move back to Shirley. But that is my choice. solentsu
  • Score: 6

4:33pm Thu 20 Mar 14

kevhem says...

solentsu wrote:
kevhem wrote:
It makes me laugh how people from such a bad area known for its drugs and organised crime, prostitution , bodies burnt in bins , shootings , stabbings, ect. can slag off Shirley with all its new posh flats and legit businesses and mostly private homes as opposed to other areas.
From my point of view it is not about 'slagging off'. I lived in Shirley (the 'nice' part with its lovely private homes!) for well over a decade and areas of it are just as bad for all of the things you state. You are just lucky in that it is not a particularly popular area for students as it is too far out. There are certainly areas of Shirley I would not feel safe in at night. There area pockets like this all over Southampton. No one place is any better than another from my experience. Perhaps if Bevois Valley is so bad for crime, drugs, prostitution, murders etc. then we should see a higher police presence than we do and more work with the community? We should look for solutions rather than just continue with the same old blame culture. Personally I wouldn't move back to Shirley. But that is my choice.
my post wasn't in reply to yours solentsu, as it was not on here when i started typing,, but i do agree with you on the bigger picture here. I love southampton and have lived here since birth in 1965 ,, but it is declining in some areas
[quote][p][bold]solentsu[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kevhem[/bold] wrote: It makes me laugh how people from such a bad area known for its drugs and organised crime, prostitution , bodies burnt in bins , shootings , stabbings, ect. can slag off Shirley with all its new posh flats and legit businesses and mostly private homes as opposed to other areas.[/p][/quote]From my point of view it is not about 'slagging off'. I lived in Shirley (the 'nice' part with its lovely private homes!) for well over a decade and areas of it are just as bad for all of the things you state. You are just lucky in that it is not a particularly popular area for students as it is too far out. There are certainly areas of Shirley I would not feel safe in at night. There area pockets like this all over Southampton. No one place is any better than another from my experience. Perhaps if Bevois Valley is so bad for crime, drugs, prostitution, murders etc. then we should see a higher police presence than we do and more work with the community? We should look for solutions rather than just continue with the same old blame culture. Personally I wouldn't move back to Shirley. But that is my choice.[/p][/quote]my post wasn't in reply to yours solentsu, as it was not on here when i started typing,, but i do agree with you on the bigger picture here. I love southampton and have lived here since birth in 1965 ,, but it is declining in some areas kevhem
  • Score: 2

6:55pm Thu 20 Mar 14

thesouth says...

sotonman2012 wrote:
So it didn't happen last night it happened between 6:30 am & about 7:30 am if the cordon was only put up at 7:55 am this morning, has anyone been arrested ? what was the victim wearing ? what was the offender wearing ? I don't see why the DE have reported this story when there are no facts ( Not even a time )

The area of Bevios Valley has & always will be rough, a stone's throw away from Southampton's red light district aswell. Also is there a chance this could be linked to the St Marys sex attack over the weekend ?

As "hardcoretilidi
e68" stupid comment did you really expect the police to tell your children there has been a sexual attack ? Good luck moving back to Shirley, just as worse.

Regardless I hope the victim makes a quick recovery & this man/women who attacked the victim is caught.
Oh my goodness me. Another delusional member of the public.

The echo get their facts from the police. If it's not necessary for the investigation, the police won't release certain facts. It's their job to solve crime. Not to entertain you.

Linked to the st Mary's job??? Errr why? Sexual assaits happen a lot., everywhere.

The fact the scene went on at what ever time this morning means that is when police were made AWARE of the incident NOT when it actually happened.

And your point about Shirley, well Shirley is factually a 'worse' area than be bevios valley by a long shot.

Sorry, I'll let you get back to Land cuckoo now
[quote][p][bold]sotonman2012[/bold] wrote: So it didn't happen last night it happened between 6:30 am & about 7:30 am if the cordon was only put up at 7:55 am this morning, has anyone been arrested ? what was the victim wearing ? what was the offender wearing ? I don't see why the DE have reported this story when there are no facts ( Not even a time ) The area of Bevios Valley has & always will be rough, a stone's throw away from Southampton's red light district aswell. Also is there a chance this could be linked to the St Marys sex attack over the weekend ? As "hardcoretilidi e68" stupid comment did you really expect the police to tell your children there has been a sexual attack ? Good luck moving back to Shirley, just as worse. Regardless I hope the victim makes a quick recovery & this man/women who attacked the victim is caught.[/p][/quote]Oh my goodness me. Another delusional member of the public. The echo get their facts from the police. If it's not necessary for the investigation, the police won't release certain facts. It's their job to solve crime. Not to entertain you. Linked to the st Mary's job??? Errr why? Sexual assaits happen a lot., everywhere. The fact the scene went on at what ever time this morning means that is when police were made AWARE of the incident NOT when it actually happened. And your point about Shirley, well Shirley is factually a 'worse' area than be bevios valley by a long shot. Sorry, I'll let you get back to Land cuckoo now thesouth
  • Score: 3

7:52pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Kit_Kat says...

I live near this alleged incident.

I agree that the area has struggled with the rise of HMOs and the increased transient population. However, there is a healthy community spirit within the permanent residents and to write the area off is unfair. Before living here I lived on the edge of Ocean Village and required police presence far more than here.

The Guide Dog is a great community pub and the use of the old Bevois Town church for toddler clubs and other activities is run by local volunteers.

I have never felt nervous walking around the area after dark not does my wife, but maybe I have more experience in life. Those who say they are living in fear should maybe put the Daily Mail down, stub out that jazz cigarette and prejudices and actually engage with community they find themselves temporarily in.
I live near this alleged incident. I agree that the area has struggled with the rise of HMOs and the increased transient population. However, there is a healthy community spirit within the permanent residents and to write the area off is unfair. Before living here I lived on the edge of Ocean Village and required police presence far more than here. The Guide Dog is a great community pub and the use of the old Bevois Town church for toddler clubs and other activities is run by local volunteers. I have never felt nervous walking around the area after dark not does my wife, but maybe I have more experience in life. Those who say they are living in fear should maybe put the Daily Mail down, stub out that jazz cigarette and prejudices and actually engage with community they find themselves temporarily in. Kit_Kat
  • Score: 10

8:50pm Thu 20 Mar 14

thesouth says...

kevhem wrote:
It makes me laugh how people from such a bad area known for its drugs and organised crime, prostitution , bodies burnt in bins , shootings , stabbings, ect. can slag off Shirley with all its new posh flats and legit businesses and mostly private homes as opposed to other areas.
Are you joking? Look at crime stats as just one source
[quote][p][bold]kevhem[/bold] wrote: It makes me laugh how people from such a bad area known for its drugs and organised crime, prostitution , bodies burnt in bins , shootings , stabbings, ect. can slag off Shirley with all its new posh flats and legit businesses and mostly private homes as opposed to other areas.[/p][/quote]Are you joking? Look at crime stats as just one source thesouth
  • Score: -6

8:53pm Thu 20 Mar 14

thesouth says...

By the way everyone is slagging the area off as if they know this was some stranger attack on a poor vulnerable female......when it could be a domestic incident between a couple from another area, or false allegation, or something else.
By the way everyone is slagging the area off as if they know this was some stranger attack on a poor vulnerable female......when it could be a domestic incident between a couple from another area, or false allegation, or something else. thesouth
  • Score: 0

9:23pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Jamesharris39 says...

Kit_Kat wrote:
I live near this alleged incident.

I agree that the area has struggled with the rise of HMOs and the increased transient population. However, there is a healthy community spirit within the permanent residents and to write the area off is unfair. Before living here I lived on the edge of Ocean Village and required police presence far more than here.

The Guide Dog is a great community pub and the use of the old Bevois Town church for toddler clubs and other activities is run by local volunteers.

I have never felt nervous walking around the area after dark not does my wife, but maybe I have more experience in life. Those who say they are living in fear should maybe put the Daily Mail down, stub out that jazz cigarette and prejudices and actually engage with community they find themselves temporarily in.
Couldn't agree more. I decided to buy a property in Inner Avenue to raise my family and we all love the area. Lots of community spirit here. Shame that the area gets a bad press from articles like this. Hope the family and victim are well and the attacker is brought to justice.
[quote][p][bold]Kit_Kat[/bold] wrote: I live near this alleged incident. I agree that the area has struggled with the rise of HMOs and the increased transient population. However, there is a healthy community spirit within the permanent residents and to write the area off is unfair. Before living here I lived on the edge of Ocean Village and required police presence far more than here. The Guide Dog is a great community pub and the use of the old Bevois Town church for toddler clubs and other activities is run by local volunteers. I have never felt nervous walking around the area after dark not does my wife, but maybe I have more experience in life. Those who say they are living in fear should maybe put the Daily Mail down, stub out that jazz cigarette and prejudices and actually engage with community they find themselves temporarily in.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. I decided to buy a property in Inner Avenue to raise my family and we all love the area. Lots of community spirit here. Shame that the area gets a bad press from articles like this. Hope the family and victim are well and the attacker is brought to justice. Jamesharris39
  • Score: 5

10:58pm Thu 20 Mar 14

hardcoretilidie68 says...

nice area iv got four young boys to think about alls ib seen is rape murder and dealers outside clausentum rd in 3 years ib lived in this area so to solentsu living in Shirley is much safer and are we not forgetting the issue a poor woman has been violated its discusting u thinking of your area before u thaught of this woman shame on you
nice area iv got four young boys to think about alls ib seen is rape murder and dealers outside clausentum rd in 3 years ib lived in this area so to solentsu living in Shirley is much safer and are we not forgetting the issue a poor woman has been violated its discusting u thinking of your area before u thaught of this woman shame on you hardcoretilidie68
  • Score: -7

12:32am Fri 21 Mar 14

SotonGreen says...

Given southampton's epidemic of male rape and male sexual assault it is a bit of a sexist assumption the victim is female.
Given southampton's epidemic of male rape and male sexual assault it is a bit of a sexist assumption the victim is female. SotonGreen
  • Score: 8

8:38am Fri 21 Mar 14

userds5050 says...

Bob Barnes wrote:
Dear Echo Editor pleas, can you do something about the stupid & derogatory comments on your paper, I Live in Thailand & very much enjoy reading the news from my home town, but when I scroll down & see some of the remarks from what I can only term as from retards, is there any way these stupid comments can be further vetted before posting, some of the comments are very valid, but most of them from mainly regulars with who have nothing better than sit in there low life areas & surroundings, just waiting to pounce on the next Innocent victim with there remarks , god knows who taught them how to use a computer in the first place.
Keep up your excellent reports, as I & several friends very much enjoy the Southampton Echo
THEIR low life areas. THEIR remarks.
[quote][p][bold]Bob Barnes[/bold] wrote: Dear Echo Editor pleas, can you do something about the stupid & derogatory comments on your paper, I Live in Thailand & very much enjoy reading the news from my home town, but when I scroll down & see some of the remarks from what I can only term as from retards, is there any way these stupid comments can be further vetted before posting, some of the comments are very valid, but most of them from mainly regulars with who have nothing better than sit in there low life areas & surroundings, just waiting to pounce on the next Innocent victim with there remarks , god knows who taught them how to use a computer in the first place. Keep up your excellent reports, as I & several friends very much enjoy the Southampton Echo[/p][/quote]THEIR low life areas. THEIR remarks. userds5050
  • Score: 0

8:54am Fri 21 Mar 14

userds5050 says...

Jamesharris39 wrote:
Kit_Kat wrote:
I live near this alleged incident.

I agree that the area has struggled with the rise of HMOs and the increased transient population. However, there is a healthy community spirit within the permanent residents and to write the area off is unfair. Before living here I lived on the edge of Ocean Village and required police presence far more than here.

The Guide Dog is a great community pub and the use of the old Bevois Town church for toddler clubs and other activities is run by local volunteers.

I have never felt nervous walking around the area after dark not does my wife, but maybe I have more experience in life. Those who say they are living in fear should maybe put the Daily Mail down, stub out that jazz cigarette and prejudices and actually engage with community they find themselves temporarily in.
Couldn't agree more. I decided to buy a property in Inner Avenue to raise my family and we all love the area. Lots of community spirit here. Shame that the area gets a bad press from articles like this. Hope the family and victim are well and the attacker is brought to justice.
We're not talking about Inner Avenue though. As someone else pointed out houses in IA haven't been turned into HMOs because of their size ect...
You may as well say I live in Highfield, I don't see what the problem is.
[quote][p][bold]Jamesharris39[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kit_Kat[/bold] wrote: I live near this alleged incident. I agree that the area has struggled with the rise of HMOs and the increased transient population. However, there is a healthy community spirit within the permanent residents and to write the area off is unfair. Before living here I lived on the edge of Ocean Village and required police presence far more than here. The Guide Dog is a great community pub and the use of the old Bevois Town church for toddler clubs and other activities is run by local volunteers. I have never felt nervous walking around the area after dark not does my wife, but maybe I have more experience in life. Those who say they are living in fear should maybe put the Daily Mail down, stub out that jazz cigarette and prejudices and actually engage with community they find themselves temporarily in.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. I decided to buy a property in Inner Avenue to raise my family and we all love the area. Lots of community spirit here. Shame that the area gets a bad press from articles like this. Hope the family and victim are well and the attacker is brought to justice.[/p][/quote]We're not talking about Inner Avenue though. As someone else pointed out houses in IA haven't been turned into HMOs because of their size ect... You may as well say I live in Highfield, I don't see what the problem is. userds5050
  • Score: 2

9:57am Fri 21 Mar 14

JimMachen says...

userds5050 wrote:
Bob Barnes wrote:
Dear Echo Editor pleas, can you do something about the stupid & derogatory comments on your paper, I Live in Thailand & very much enjoy reading the news from my home town, but when I scroll down & see some of the remarks from what I can only term as from retards, is there any way these stupid comments can be further vetted before posting, some of the comments are very valid, but most of them from mainly regulars with who have nothing better than sit in there low life areas & surroundings, just waiting to pounce on the next Innocent victim with there remarks , god knows who taught them how to use a computer in the first place.
Keep up your excellent reports, as I & several friends very much enjoy the Southampton Echo
THEIR low life areas. THEIR remarks.
He's from Thailand. Cut him some slack,
[quote][p][bold]userds5050[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bob Barnes[/bold] wrote: Dear Echo Editor pleas, can you do something about the stupid & derogatory comments on your paper, I Live in Thailand & very much enjoy reading the news from my home town, but when I scroll down & see some of the remarks from what I can only term as from retards, is there any way these stupid comments can be further vetted before posting, some of the comments are very valid, but most of them from mainly regulars with who have nothing better than sit in there low life areas & surroundings, just waiting to pounce on the next Innocent victim with there remarks , god knows who taught them how to use a computer in the first place. Keep up your excellent reports, as I & several friends very much enjoy the Southampton Echo[/p][/quote]THEIR low life areas. THEIR remarks.[/p][/quote]He's from Thailand. Cut him some slack, JimMachen
  • Score: 1

12:45pm Fri 21 Mar 14

hardcoretilidie68 says...

she is female an officer told me
she is female an officer told me hardcoretilidie68
  • Score: 0

8:01am Sun 23 Mar 14

JimmyLee says...

Bobs Your Uncle ? wrote:
Portswood Pete wrote:
I'm just up the road from there and it is a bit of a hell hole round there but it has two of the best pubs in Southampton, the aforementioned Guide Dog and the Rockstone. I hope the victim is getting all the help and support they need and the cops make an arrest soon.
bit of a hellhole is a understatement .
Agreed, understatement for sure. I live with a bunch of bitchy neighbours, there's that hostel place on the corner of Clausantium and Forster. Lets not forget those Polka's at the bottom of Forster with their **** annoying cars and careless littering outside a school.
Police have never done anything about them however.
[quote][p][bold]Bobs Your Uncle ?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Portswood Pete[/bold] wrote: I'm just up the road from there and it is a bit of a hell hole round there but it has two of the best pubs in Southampton, the aforementioned Guide Dog and the Rockstone. I hope the victim is getting all the help and support they need and the cops make an arrest soon.[/p][/quote]bit of a hellhole is a understatement .[/p][/quote]Agreed, understatement for sure. I live with a bunch of bitchy neighbours, there's that hostel place on the corner of Clausantium and Forster. Lets not forget those Polka's at the bottom of Forster with their **** annoying cars and careless littering outside a school. Police have never done anything about them however. JimmyLee
  • Score: 1

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