THE POLICE community has rallied in support of an officer who was stabbed multiple times during a "horrific" attack.

A 43-year-old officer suffered serious injuries after after making a welfare check at a home in Portswood Road on Thursday afternoon.

Residents were left shocked and police remained on the scene well into the night.

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Messages of support for the offer have now come flooding in.

Chair of Hampshire Police Federation, Zoe Wakefield, said: “We are supporting the officer and his family, as well as other colleagues involved in this horrific incident.

"The officer has sustained significant injuries and it is by pure chance that it is not more serious. We wish him a swift recovery.

“This is a reminder - not that we need it - of the dangers our officers face every day and how brave they are in dealing with those intent on inflicting this level of violence against them.

“There is an ongoing investigation so it would not be appropriate to comment further at this time.”

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The SaintsfcCop Twitter account posted: "Thoughts are with my colleague, his family & those that would have had to deal with the suspect."

Hants Roads Policing added: "Our thoughts and best wishes are with our colleague and their family after the officer was seriously injured yesterday in Southampton."

Meanwhile, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service added: "Our thoughts are with our colleagues at Hampshire Police and we wish the officer a speedy recovery.

"Assaults on emergency service workers are unacceptable."