A TEENAGER was repeatedly stabbed in what detectives described as a "shocking incident" at a Southampton station.

British Transport Police were called to the northbound platform at St Denys station following reports of an altercation involving a group of young people.

The victim suffered multiple stab wounds and was taken to hospital with injuries described as serious but not life-threatening.

Police want to speak to anyone who saw what happened.

Detective Inspector Paul Attwell said: “This was a shocking incident which happened in broad daylight and has resulted in a young man suffering serious injuries.

“We are aware that many people may have witnessed this incident and urge anyone with any information to come forward to help our investigation.

“Thankfully incidents like this on the railway are rare but this will understandably leave the public feeling concerned, so passengers can expect to see high visibility reassurance patrols in the area.”

Rail services between Southampton Central and Southampton Airport Parkway were disrupted for several hours following the incident, which occurred at 11.45am yesterday.

Passengers arrived to discover that trains on the northbound line were no longer stopping at St Denys.

Those affected included a woman who was on her way to her father's funeral and needed to get to Southampton Airport. She ordered a taxi in the hope of catching her flight.

Police investigating the stabbing cordoned off part of a small car park behind the northbound platform.

A uniformed officer could be seen searching a narrow strip of vegetation between the car park and the railway line. The main station building was also sealed off.

A South Central Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We were called to Osbourne Road to a situation involving a teenage male.

"We sent an ambulance crew and three ambulance officers. They were assessing and treating one patient for serious injuries. Following treatment at the scene by all our crews the patient was taken to hospital."

Witnesses or anyone with information can contact BTP by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40, quoting reference 222 of 21/07/21.

Alternatively they can contact the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where messages can be left anonymously.