COMMUNITY leaders have spoken of their horror over the stabbing attack on two boys in a Havant road.
Emsworth Residents Association chairwoman Jo Dyer said she was appalled by the incident in Southleigh Road yesterday.
Ms Dyer said she was particularly worried about the 12-year-old child who was taken to Southampton General Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
She said: ‘Any action like this is appalling and we will wait to hear more from the police.
‘I was particularly concerned to hear that one of them was sent to Southampton, because that suggests something neurological.’
Havant Borough Council Emsworth ward councillor Brendan Gibb-Gray said the attack was ‘absolutely devastating’.
It’s unbelievable in a sense, that something like this should happen in this sleepy part of the worldCouncillor Brendan Gibb-Gray
He said: ‘It’s unbelievable in a sense, that something like this should happen in this sleepy part of the world.
‘It’s so sad.’
Cllr Rivka Cresswell, of Emsworth, said she was shocked to hear about the attack. Cllr Cresswell said the area was normally thought of as safe, and the news was upsetting to many people.
She said: ‘It’s hard to comprehend that this can happen locally. I’ve lived here for 30 years and I can’t recall anything like this in the past. I’m quite upset about it.
‘We need to find out the reason why it happened to stop it happening again in the future. My sympathies go out to the families.’
Cllr Colin Mackey, also of Emsworth, said he wanted to express his ‘horror and enormous sympathy for everyone who is affected by this.’