Police reveal 12-year-old boy is fighting for his life after stabbing in Havant

Police in Southleigh Road, Havant, after the attacks

Police in Southleigh Road, Havant, after the attacks

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A TEENAGE boy suffered life-threatening injuries in a stabbing attack today in Havant, police have revealed.

A 12-year-old and a 13-year-old are in hospital after what police have described as ‘a serious assault’ with what they think was a knife.

The 12-year-old is in Southampton General Hospital with life-threatening injuries, and the 13-year-old is in Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham in a serious but stable condition.

The attack happened at the junction of Southleigh Road and Eastleigh Road just before 3pm.

A 43-year-old man of no fixed address was arrested and has been taken into custody.

Police say that there will be extra patrols in the area during the weekend.

Chief Inspector Patrick Holdaway said: ‘My thoughts go out to the children who have been hurt and their families. We’re providing assistance to them at the current time and both children are being treated in hospital for their injuries.

‘We’d like to reassure the local community that no-one else is being sought in connection with this assault at this time.

‘Thankfully no-one else was hurt in the incident and there is no further risk to members of the public.

‘Our enquiries indicate that a school in the local area had an inset day, so there were not large groups of parents and children in the area when the assault happened shortly before 3pm.

‘A cordon will remain in place overnight to preserve evidence. Local officers will also be patrolling across the weekend and will be speaking to local residents to keep them informed.

‘A road closure is also currently in place at Horndean Road to allow emergency services access to the scene this evening.’

Police are speaking to witnesses and would like to talk to anyone who may have seen anything out of the ordinary in the area shortly before 3pm today.

Call 101 quoting Operation Narrow.

You can also call the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

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