A POLICE officer has been stabbed several times in an attack in Southampton.

The 43-year-old male officer was called to check on the welfare of a man living at a home in Portswood Road just before midday yesterday.

He was then stabbed several times and suffered serious, but non life-threatening injuries.

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 we do not believe there is any wider risk to the public.”

One resident who wished to remain unnamed told the Daily Echo he heard loud banging in a flat opposite to his at around lunch time. 

Police vehicles and officers are said to have been in the area since then. 

The resident added: “It’s shocking. You don’t expect these things to happen in these [coronavirus] times.”

Police say that officers have been searching the area, speaking to residents, and looking for CCTV footage which might be useful to the investigation.

The victim's family have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

A 51-year-old man from Southampton has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in police custody.

In a tweet a spokesman for Hampshire Police Federation said: "As expected we are offering support to the officer, family and colleagues in what undoubtedly was a traumatic incident for all involved.

"Our thoughts are with all involved and we wish our colleague well as he receives treatment for his injuries."