Extra police patrols have been out in Havant today after two schoolboys were stabbed.
One is fighting for his life after the horrific attack on a quiet country road.
The two boys, one aged 12 and the other 13, were attacked by a man with a knife at the junction of Southleigh Road and Eastleigh Road in Havant just before 3pm yesterday.
Hampshire Police arrested a man and reassured residents that there was no continued danger in the area.
Today they sought to reinforce the message by putting officers on the beat in the communities around the scene of the crime.
Chief Inspector Patrick Holdaway said police neighbourhood teams were doing extra patrols across the area.
Local officers will be patrolling across the weekend and will be speaking to local residents to keep them informedChief Inspector Patrick Holdaway
He said: ‘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.
‘Local officers will be patrolling across the weekend and will be speaking to local residents to keep them informed.’
The 12-year-old boy was flown by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital where his condition is described as life-threatening.
The 13-year-old was taken by road ambulance to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham where he is in a serious but stable condition.
Police arrived quickly at the scene and arrested a 43-year-old man of no fixed address.
The man remains in custody and police have launched an investigation to the attack called Operation Narrow.
The stretch of road is often used as a shortcut between Havant and Emsworth and is used by school pupils from Warblington School and St James’ Primary School, in Emsworth.