A MAN has been charged with attempting to kill a 41-year-old man at a flat in a town centre.
Detectives charged the man with attempted murder last night after the stabbing in High Street, Lee-on-the-Solent.
Officers were called to a flat near to Discount Dry Cleaners shortly after 1am on Saturday and arrested three men – two as they attempted to leave the scene in a taxi.
The 41-year-old man suffered serious wounds to his face and hands and was taken by ambulance to Queen Alexandra Hospital.
He has since undergone emergency surgery, but police said he is making a good recovery.
The usually quiet High Street was besieged by officers on Saturday morning and a police presence remained throughout the weekend.
Scene of crime officers focused their efforts on searching a drain outside the HSBC Bank on the corner of High Street and Pier Street.
They were also searching the area at the back of the shops and flats, including looking for possible evidence in guttering.
Dev Koc, 62, who runs the Solent Restaurant, in Pier Street, said: ‘We just went home on Friday and came back in the morning and there were police everywhere.
‘I don’t know anything about what happened. We did not hear anything.
‘The police are searching everywhere.
‘People come and go here, and don’t stay long. I have been here 10 years and this is usually a peaceful area.’
Police today made an appeal for anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious between midnight and 2am on Saturday.
Detective Inspector Joanne Smith, from Fareham CID, said: ‘This victim received some nasty injuries to his face and hand in this attack.
‘These types of incidents are very rare in Lee-on-the-Solent and most people would have been unaware as it happened indoors.
‘However, it’s possible anyone passing may have seen people hanging around the area who may have been involved.’
Wayne Jason Dujon, aged 29, of no fixed address, has been charged with attempted murder and will appear at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court today.
The other men, aged 27 and 29, have been released on police bail until May 4, pending further inquiries.
Anyone with information should call Fareham CID on 101.