Men seriously hurt after knife attack outside city shop

The scene where two men were stabbed
The scene where two men were stabbed
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A SHOP owner has told of the moment a stabbing victim walked into her store covered in blood.

Two men, aged 50 and 31, from Southsea, were taken to Southampton General Hospital with stab wounds after they were found in Somers Road, Somers Town, Portsmouth on Friday night.

The older man suffered life-threatening injuries and was in a ‘very serious’ condition’ yesterday, police said. The younger man suffered injuries described as ‘serious’.

Two women, one aged 35 from Portsmouth and one aged 26 from Southsea, were arrested in connection with the incident, but police have refused to say for what offence.

Mekala Ravi was working at KS General Store at 8.30pm when the two men were attacked outside.

Ms Ravi, who owns the shop, said: ‘I was alone in the shop and one came in. He had already been attacked and he came in with blood over him.

‘His whole body was covered with blood – two people were stabbed.

‘I’ve been here a year and two months and we had another shop on the same road, but we’ve never seen anything like this before.’

She added: ‘The man was already speaking to the taxi company, but the taxi man could not find the address.

‘The other guy, he came to the shop and he just fell down (outside).’

Police arrived after they were called and paramedics rushed to the scene.

A Hampshire police spokesman has confirmed officers are investigating.

He said: ‘Enquiries are ongoing.’

People living in the area have been left upset by the incident.

Molly Bailey, 18, of Blackfriars Road, shops at the KS General Store.

‘All I saw was the police tape,’ she said.

‘I’m shocked, but not surprised it’s this area.’

University of Portsmouth third year student Molly Burns, 20, lives in Somers Road.

She said: ‘This area is getting worse.

‘It’s dramatically worse than it was last year.

‘I saw some flashing lights and I didn’t think anything of it.

‘My housemate got home and said “there’s tons of police out there”.

‘There were two cars, two ambulances and I thought something was going on.

‘I thought “I bet someone has got stabbed” and someone has got stabbed.

‘It’s quite worrying.’

She added: ‘Normally it’s just kids’ stuff going on.

‘Police are quite good in keeping on top of it.’

Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting 44170081395.