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Double stabbing in city centre
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- TWO men have been stabbed in Southampton city centre
- The victims are aged 18 and 23 and taken to hospital
- Took place in St. Mary's Place at Sir Sydney Kimber Halls.
- Knife recovered from the scene
definately dont feel safe after 2 people were stabbed outside my halls in Southampton #lockedinmyroom— @LouiseJane14 20 February 2013
Police in Southampton are currently dealing with a report of 2 men being stabbed at Kimber student halls this afternoon. This is still in— @ChiefInspCraig 20 February 2013
It's early stages and as soon as we have more information and a clearer picture of what's happened we will release thru the usual channels.— @ChiefInspCraig 20 February 2013
Police have now made the area cordoned off a lot bigger compared to what it was earlier this afternoon, as forensics are now on the scene taking photographs.
Eloise Peachey, 20, a first photgraphy student said: "I was in halls earlier and saw a lot of police and ambulances. I saw two guys being stretchered into an ambulance. I saw one of them clearly, he had blood on his shirt. There was a girl with him.
"One of the people I saw had been sitting on a concrete platform outside the entrance to the halls. They were with a small group of people. I think one of them definitely lives here but I'm not sure about the other one."
Emergency services at the scene earlier this afternoon.
One second year fashion student, 20, said: I was outside the block having a cigarette and saw someone staggering past at about 3pm.
"He was just on his own and I didn't realise he had been stabbed."
A small area remains taped off. Students are milling around the area and staring out of the windows on the halls of residence.
A police officer remains on guard in front off the taped off area, with a patrol car nearby.
The area taped off outside the halls of residence
Ash Burnham, a first year student was down at the scene and is friends with one of the victims.
He said: "We're all pretty shocked. The news spread like wildfire in halls, but there were a lot of rumours."
@dailyecho an hour ago there were 10 police officers plain clothed with stab vests in a van arresting a black guy behind primark i was there— @liam_douglas 20 February 2013
Hampshire police have now released a statement about the incident:
Two men aged 18 and 23 have received stab wounds after an incident at a halls of residence in Southampton.
Emergency services were called to the Sir Sidney Kimber Campus in St Mary's Place shortly after 3pm today.
Armed officers were deployed to the scene and a knife was recovered. Police continue to search for the offender.
The injured men were taken to Southampton General Hospital where they remain.
Acting Superintendent Craig Dibdin said: "We understand people will be alarmed by this incident but want to reassure them that officers from across the force are following active lines of inquiry in order to locate the offender.
"This is a fast paced investigation in its early stages and we will give as much information as we can as the investigation evolves."
Police have said that they believe the two victims are students.
The Kimber building is an accomodation block for 274 students from Southampton Solent University, with a further 117 in the David Moxon annexe.
The block, which overlooks Hoglands Park, is the nearest to Solent University's main campus on East Park Terrace.
Hampshire Constabulary say they do not have any reason to believe the attacker is still armed.
The service also added that a BASICS doctor was also on the scene along with two double crewed ambulance and the HART team, which is a standard response for the ambulance service when dealing with stabbing injuries.
South Central Ambulance Service say were called to the Southampton Solent Halls at 2.59pm and adminstered emergency treatment for an abdominal injury and a chest injury, which they 'believed was caused as the result of a stabbing'.
A spokesman said the patients were in a stable condition on arrival at Southampton General Hospital.
Shocked to hear about the stabbing in Southampton. Glad I'm not living in halls anymore! St Marys was always a scary place to live near to.— @MelWylie 20 February 2013
The approximate location of the stabbings, as shown on Streetview.
Hope the two people stabbed in Southampton are okay ... hope they catch the guy!! #citywidesearch— @Jakfirst 20 February 2013
South Central Ambulance service were called to the scene at 3pm and it was their paramedics who alerted police to the attack when they arrived on the scene.
Southampton never ceases to amaze. Now stabbing's outside halls #stayclassy— @ElliottJonesss 20 February 2013
A knife has been recovered at the scene, but the attacker remains at large.
Police have launched a city-wide search for the knifeman, it has been confirmed.
Armed police were deployed to the scene at Sir Sydney Kimber Halls, which is located on St. Mary's Place. See the 5.06pm update for a map of the area.
The armed police were stood down as it was determined they were not required at the scene.
The men are aged 19 and 23 are are said to have suffered 'serious' injuries according to police.
However, they were in a stable condition on arrival at Southampton General Hospital.
One of the victims was stabbed in the abdomen and the other in the chest.
The incident happened at Sir Sidney Kimber Campus in St. Mary's Place.
Two men have been stabbed in Southampton city centre this afternoon.
Police were alerted at 3.03pm.