POLICE are investigating an incident in which a teenager was repeatedly stabbed on a Southampton footpath.

The 18-year-old victim suffered knife wounds to the torso and was rushed to hospital with what are described as serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Police were called to a wooded path leading from Monks Way to Octavia Road in Swaythling at around 5pm yesterday.

A police spokesperson said: "Officers remain at the scene today to carry out enquiries in the area.

"No-one has been arrested at this time however we are following up all lines of enquiries available."

Daily Echo: Police cordon at Monks Way, Mansbridge in Southampton

Detective Sergeant Oliver Battersby said: “We understand that this incident is concerning to the local community and we are carrying out a number enquiries to ascertain the exact circumstances of what happened and who was involved.

“We are really keen to hear from anyone who witnessed this incident who has not yet made contact with us.

“We are also really keen to hear from anyone who was driving in the local area last night at around 5pm who may have dash-cam in their vehicle.

“Officers from the Southampton North Neighbourhood Team will be carrying out patrols in the area today so please approach them if you have any questions, concerns, or information that can assist the investigation.”

Residents say police were called after an injured teenager clutching his stomach knocked on someone's door.

Daily Echo: Police cordon at Monks Way, Mansbridge in Southampton

One woman said: "I heard the air ambulance flying overheard and a whole load of sirens. A track leading down to the river is still cordoned off."

A South Central Ambulance Service spokesperson added: "We were called at 17:02 to Monks Way to reports of an assault.

"We sent the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, an ambulance officer and an ambulance crew to assess and treat one patient for serious injuries.

"Following treatment at the scene the patient was taken to University Hospital Southampton accompanied by the ambulance and air crew."

Anyone with information can call Hampshire police on 101, quoting crime reference number 44210408824.