This live event has finished
- Man in hospital after attack
- Part of Portswood Road cordoned off
- Numerous police officers on the scene
12:35pm Thu 26 Jul 12
7 or 8 news items, all involving violence of some sort, what is going on?
Shopper Maria Beggins, 44, a cleaner, of Bourne Road South, said: “It's all been going on down here this morning - it's been quite dramatic.
“There are rumours of a stabbing but no one has told us anything. It's worrying.”
Stephen Smith, owner of Portswood Hardware, which was inside the cordon said he saw police arrive at 7am and officers cordon off part of the high street.
He said: “I've worked here 23 years but sadly this is a sign of the times. There were forensics on the scene later on because there was still blood on the pavement but we have not been told anything. It seems very sad.”
The only part of the cordon that remains is around the blood spatter on the pavement, where the attack took place:
The police cordon has now been taken down. This is the scene currently:
DC Stephen Thomas is investigating the attack. He can be contacted on the 101 number from within Hampshire or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
The cordon around area was authorised to be taken down at 10.30am by police chiefs.
The police spokesman said officers were carrying out house to house inquiries this morning while scenes of crime officers were combing the area for evidence.
The attacker has been described as white, with dark brown hair and under 30 years of age.
He was with a blonde woman and they walked off towards Gordon Avenue following the attack which happened just after midnight.
The victim may have to undergo surgery as a result of the attack.
He was left with a suspected broken cheek bone and had a tooth knocked out.
He was taken to Southampton General Hospital.
According to a police spokesman, a 41-year-old Southampton man was assaulted by younger man outside the Charcoal Grill burger and kebab bar and NatWest bank.
The victim had just come out of the kebab shop when he was punched to the floor, lifted up and kneed in the face.
Just spotted police line around Charcol Grill, Portswood Rd, Southampton. Anyone know why it's there?— @raveturned 26 July 2012
The location of the incident.
A member of the public who contacted the Daily Echo said: "There were about six or seven police cars there. It seemed something serious was going on, but police were remaining tight lipped about it."
The cordon runs from the Natwest Bank to Barclays bank, on the western side of the street and a numbered cones have been put in place along the pavement.
Police officers have cordoned off part of a major shopping street in Southampton.
Witnesses have described a number of officers on Portswood Road, conducting an investigation near the Charcoal Grill takeaway.