Officers are appealing for witnesses after a 35-year-old man was stabbed in the back in East Park in Southampton just before 8pm yesterday (Monday 4 March).
The assault is believed to have taken place near the Titanic Engineers’ Memorial in East Park.
We arrested three people in connection with the assault shortly after the incident occurred last night.
A 23-year-old woman, a 23-year-old man and a 24-year-old man remain in police custody today and continue to be questioned by officers.
The man remains in hospital with serious injuries.
Part of East Park has been cordoned off to allow for officers to carry out enquiries at the scene today.
We would like to ask anyone who witnessed this incident or saw anyone near the memorial or London Road last night around this time, to contact us.
Chief Inspector Phil Lamb said: “We understand that incidents of this kind can cause concern amongst those who live and work in Southampton.
“Keeping people safe in the city is a priority for us and our partners. We work with the city council to make the city as safe as possible. However, like most cities we do suffer from crimes relating to drug activity. At this time, we believe this was a targeted, drug related attack and we do not believe there is a risk to the wider public.
“Tackling crime requires a cross sector approach, not just a police response. We’re grateful to our partners, including Southampton City Council, who work closely with us to identify and deliver measures to improve safety and security in our communities. We would also ask the community to work with us and report any concerns to us.”
If you have any information, please contact police on 101, quoting reference number 44180450724.