A police officer has been left with serious injuries after being stabbed several times while on duty in Southampton.
The officer was checking on the welfare of a man living on Portswood Road just after noon on Thursday when he was assaulted.
His injuries are said to be serious, but not life threatening.
Following the incident a 51-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is being held in police custody.
The officer's family has been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.
A police investigation into the incident is ongoing.
Detective Chief Inspector Dave Brown said: “Our thoughts are very much with the officer and his family at this time.
“We have a man in custody arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and we progressing the investigation, carrying out enquiries, conducting house to house visits and scoping CCTV opportunities.
“At the same time, we are providing support to the officer’s family and his colleagues following this incident.
“I would like to reassure you that there we do not believe there is any wider risk to the public.”
Anyone with any information regarding this incident should call 101 and quote 44200400513.
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