An 18 year old was stabbed multiple times outside his place of work on Wednesday 12th.
The victim was stabbed multiple times outside his place of work Property Vibe at 9 am—broad daylight.
Luckily, his injuries were not life-threating, despite having inflicted multiple stab wounds to his legs, thighs and buttocks.
The Daily Echo newspaper interviewed the Property Vibe regional manager who witnessed the immediate aftermath of the gruesome event:
“There was blood dripping down his legs and thigh and from his triceps and he was bleeding all over the floor.”
“It seemed like adrenalin was kicking in and he hadn’t realised what had happened because he was wanting to get back in his car and go after them.”
“I couldn’t believe it happened at that time of the morning.”
The trio attackers were reported covering their faces with scarfs in order to avoid identification, indicating the attack was pre-meditated. The victim has reported the individuals were middle aged black men wearing padded leather jackets and around 6ft in height. One is reported to have had a thin moustache on his upper lip.
Southampton is no stranger to armed assaults. Almost two years ago today, Jamie Dack, 22, was found by firefighters decapitated in a wheelie bin on Empress Road industrial estate. The bin was thought to have been wheeled through the city during the early hours of the morning.
According to police statistics, crime rates in Portswood have been on the rise in recent years. Indeed, in January of this year alone a concerning 76 crimes were reported in the area. Of Portswood’s crime statistics that exceed the national average, the most concerning is possession of a weapon and armed assult.
For an area characterised by its high student activity, Portswood is in great need of higher order police work. Areas close to campus have gained a relative notoriety in recent years for cases in armed assaults, including the Flowers Estate—a mere five minute walk from main campus.