Gosport attack victim still fighting for his life

Attack victim fighting for life

Attack victim fighting for life

First published in Fareham

A HAMPSHIRE man who asked his partying neighbours to be quiet was still fighting for his life in a Southampton hospital last night.

Andrew Toseland is currently in an induced coma at Southampton General Hospital following the beating by the partying gang in Gosport .

The 49-year-old warehouse worker had left his flat in Garland Court, Forton Road, in the early hours of Saturday morning to appeal to revellers to keep the noise down at about 1am.

But witnesses say he was beaten to the ground, then his head was stamped on.

He was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, but was later transferred to the Wessex Neurological Unit at Southampton.

Eight people have been arrested in connection with the attack on Mr Toseland.

Men aged 27, 25 and 21 are suspected of wounding with intent of causing actual bodily harm, and have been released on bail until October. Men aged 20, 18, 18 and a boy of 16 are currently in custody on suspicion of the same offence. A woman of 22 is also in custody on suspicion of assisting an offender. All suspects are from Gosport.

Anyone with information should call Gosport CID, quoting Operation Bevern, on 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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11:59am Tue 28 Aug 12

sotonbusdriver says...

I am deeply saddened that people can do such a thing to a simple request for peace and quiet at 1am,, but I have to further say....
The Police via officers and PSCO's, and the local enviromental health dept, obviously require more staff on board at night, so the people can make a complaint, and the forces enpowered to do something WILL actually arrive and deal with it,, without releasing details as to who complained...
I am deeply saddened that people can do such a thing to a simple request for peace and quiet at 1am,, but I have to further say.... The Police via officers and PSCO's, and the local enviromental health dept, obviously require more staff on board at night, so the people can make a complaint, and the forces enpowered to do something WILL actually arrive and deal with it,, without releasing details as to who complained... sotonbusdriver
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12:23pm Tue 28 Aug 12

bigal007 says...

should giv police more power to tell people to trun down there music as they can can not at the mo these people are just scum balls that hurt that man i hope they face the law
should giv police more power to tell people to trun down there music as they can can not at the mo these people are just scum balls that hurt that man i hope they face the law bigal007
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12:26pm Tue 28 Aug 12

AndyKos says...

The people who committed this should all be jailed - there is no excuse for this kind of mindless violence.

However, I dont think the Police / EHO will ever be able to deal with people having parties. There will never be enough manpower to cope with this, and if the police were given sufficient 'authority' to be able to shut down any party on a whim because one person had complained, it would be a massive infringement on an individual's freedom. Having an occasional party in your own private home is not unreasonable, we just all need to keep things balanced if we live in areas with lots of neighbours.
The people who committed this should all be jailed - there is no excuse for this kind of mindless violence. However, I dont think the Police / EHO will ever be able to deal with people having parties. There will never be enough manpower to cope with this, and if the police were given sufficient 'authority' to be able to shut down any party on a whim because one person had complained, it would be a massive infringement on an individual's freedom. Having an occasional party in your own private home is not unreasonable, we just all need to keep things balanced if we live in areas with lots of neighbours. AndyKos
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12:31pm Tue 28 Aug 12

Taskforce 141 says...

Absolute scum! They all need putting down, we would do it to any animal that undertook such a vicious attack and that's all these people are - ANIMALs
Absolute scum! They all need putting down, we would do it to any animal that undertook such a vicious attack and that's all these people are - ANIMALs Taskforce 141
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1:05pm Tue 28 Aug 12

Danzig says...

Do them for attempted murder. Absolutely disgusting.
Do them for attempted murder. Absolutely disgusting. Danzig
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1:08pm Tue 28 Aug 12

Danzig says...

AndyKos wrote:
The people who committed this should all be jailed - there is no excuse for this kind of mindless violence.

However, I dont think the Police / EHO will ever be able to deal with people having parties. There will never be enough manpower to cope with this, and if the police were given sufficient 'authority' to be able to shut down any party on a whim because one person had complained, it would be a massive infringement on an individual's freedom. Having an occasional party in your own private home is not unreasonable, we just all need to keep things balanced if we live in areas with lots of neighbours.
I agree with you. Having a party is one thing and everyone should be free to do so. Nearly killing someone for simply asking for the noise to be kept down is quite another. They need hanging.
[quote][p][bold]AndyKos[/bold] wrote: The people who committed this should all be jailed - there is no excuse for this kind of mindless violence. However, I dont think the Police / EHO will ever be able to deal with people having parties. There will never be enough manpower to cope with this, and if the police were given sufficient 'authority' to be able to shut down any party on a whim because one person had complained, it would be a massive infringement on an individual's freedom. Having an occasional party in your own private home is not unreasonable, we just all need to keep things balanced if we live in areas with lots of neighbours.[/p][/quote]I agree with you. Having a party is one thing and everyone should be free to do so. Nearly killing someone for simply asking for the noise to be kept down is quite another. They need hanging. Danzig
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1:17pm Tue 28 Aug 12

Chas O'Bursledon says...

Let the punishment fit the crime. Imprison them for as long as he is in hospital. If he is permanently disabled then make them his carers. If they fail as carers, send them back to prison.
When we had capital punishment, too many innocent people died. So the death penalty can never be the solution.
Let the punishment fit the crime. Imprison them for as long as he is in hospital. If he is permanently disabled then make them his carers. If they fail as carers, send them back to prison. When we had capital punishment, too many innocent people died. So the death penalty can never be the solution. Chas O'Bursledon
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1:30pm Tue 28 Aug 12

9468 says...

bigal007 wrote:
should giv police more power to tell people to trun down there music as they can can not at the mo these people are just scum balls that hurt that man i hope they face the law
I take it you have never lived somewhere near a household likes to party Thurs,Fri,Sat ,Sun night every week? Now thankfully its everyother weekend not all weekends.
Yes maybe people are allowed to have the odd party,but i am sure we are also allowed a proper nights sleep every now and then?
Complaining gets you no where apart from abuse and even more noise.How would you like to try sleeping in the heat with windows all shut ,just so its quieter?
[quote][p][bold]bigal007[/bold] wrote: should giv police more power to tell people to trun down there music as they can can not at the mo these people are just scum balls that hurt that man i hope they face the law[/p][/quote]I take it you have never lived somewhere near a household likes to party Thurs,Fri,Sat ,Sun night every week? Now thankfully its everyother weekend not all weekends. Yes maybe people are allowed to have the odd party,but i am sure we are also allowed a proper nights sleep every now and then? Complaining gets you no where apart from abuse and even more noise.How would you like to try sleeping in the heat with windows all shut ,just so its quieter? 9468
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1:41pm Tue 28 Aug 12

Georgem says...

bigal007 wrote:
should giv police more power to tell people to trun down there music as they can can not at the mo these people are just scum balls that hurt that man i hope they face the law
They don't need more power. They already have such powers. They're under-resourced.
[quote][p][bold]bigal007[/bold] wrote: should giv police more power to tell people to trun down there music as they can can not at the mo these people are just scum balls that hurt that man i hope they face the law[/p][/quote]They don't need more power. They already have such powers. They're under-resourced. Georgem
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1:54pm Tue 28 Aug 12

Laura85 says...

What an awful story? What cowards, not only do they do this just for someone asking them to hush up but they work in a gang......big men/women! I hope the guy makes a full recovery.
What an awful story? What cowards, not only do they do this just for someone asking them to hush up but they work in a gang......big men/women! I hope the guy makes a full recovery. Laura85
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1:57pm Tue 28 Aug 12

bazzeroz says...

9468 wrote:
bigal007 wrote:
should giv police more power to tell people to trun down there music as they can can not at the mo these people are just scum balls that hurt that man i hope they face the law
I take it you have never lived somewhere near a household likes to party Thurs,Fri,Sat ,Sun night every week? Now thankfully its everyother weekend not all weekends.
Yes maybe people are allowed to have the odd party,but i am sure we are also allowed a proper nights sleep every now and then?
Complaining gets you no where apart from abuse and even more noise.How would you like to try sleeping in the heat with windows all shut ,just so its quieter?
You must be in the same road as me! I complained to SCC noise bods and now the parties stop well before I have to call them out. Try it, it does work sometimes. And as for this chap that's been beaten senseless, what can you say? They are just scumbags that done this, scumbags, end of.
[quote][p][bold]9468[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigal007[/bold] wrote: should giv police more power to tell people to trun down there music as they can can not at the mo these people are just scum balls that hurt that man i hope they face the law[/p][/quote]I take it you have never lived somewhere near a household likes to party Thurs,Fri,Sat ,Sun night every week? Now thankfully its everyother weekend not all weekends. Yes maybe people are allowed to have the odd party,but i am sure we are also allowed a proper nights sleep every now and then? Complaining gets you no where apart from abuse and even more noise.How would you like to try sleeping in the heat with windows all shut ,just so its quieter?[/p][/quote]You must be in the same road as me! I complained to SCC noise bods and now the parties stop well before I have to call them out. Try it, it does work sometimes. And as for this chap that's been beaten senseless, what can you say? They are just scumbags that done this, scumbags, end of. bazzeroz
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2:44pm Tue 28 Aug 12

Des Olated says...

Simply appalling, I hope he makes a full recovery asap.
As for the gang? yet another example of senseless thug violence. Let's hope the law properly sees justice served.
Simply appalling, I hope he makes a full recovery asap. As for the gang? yet another example of senseless thug violence. Let's hope the law properly sees justice served. Des Olated
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