Police officer stabbed multiple times and seriously injured while checking man’s welfare

A police officer has been stabbed several times while performing a welfare check, the man’s force has confirmed.

He was attacked by a 51-year-old man after calling on the house on Portswood Road in Southampton.

Hampshire Police confirmed the man had been arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder.

The officer’s injuries are said to be “serious but not life-threatening”.

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.”

The officer’s family has been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

Investigations into the exact circumstances of the incident are ongoing.

A force spokesman said: “The officer was deployed to check on the welfare of a man living at an address on Portswood Road just after midday today.

“The officer attending was then stabbed several times. His injuries are serious, but not life-threatening.

“His family has been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

“A 51-year-old man from Southampton was subsequently arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. He remains in police custody at this time.

“Investigations into the exact circumstances of the incident are ongoing.”