UPDATE: Stabbed schoolboys ‘stable’ after attack near Emsworth

The scene in Southleigh Road, Havant where a 12-year-old boy and 13-year-old boy were stabbed by a man on Friday afternoon. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (151119-6292) PPP-150626-220931001
The scene in Southleigh Road, Havant where a 12-year-old boy and 13-year-old boy were stabbed by a man on Friday afternoon. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (151119-6292) PPP-150626-220931001
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Police say a boy who was fighting for his life after being stabbed with a friend near Emsworth is now in a stable condition.

The incident happened on Friday (June 26) at the junction of Southleigh Road and Eastleigh Road.

The scene in Southleigh Road, Havant where a 12-year-old boy and 13-year-old boy were stabbed by a man on Friday afternoon. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (151119-6296) PPP-150626-220942001

The scene in Southleigh Road, Havant where a 12-year-old boy and 13-year-old boy were stabbed by a man on Friday afternoon. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (151119-6296) PPP-150626-220942001

A man appeared in court today Man in court charged with attempted murder

Police issued an updated health bulletin on Saturday (June 27) and amended earlier information about the victims’ ages.

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said: “Following clarification from the families we can confirm that a 13 year-old boy who was taken to Southampton General Hospital with life-threatening injuries, remains in hospital. His condition is now described as critical, but stable.

“A 12 year-old boy who was initially taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital, at Cosham for treatment has now been moved to Southampton General Hospital. His condition is still described as serious, but stable.”

Police said residents in Havant are being reassured following the attack at the junction of Southleigh Road and Eastleigh Road yesterday afternoon. Extra patrols were in the area over the weekend.

The spokesman added: “Police are currently speaking to witnesses and would like to talk to anyone who may have seen anything out of the ordinary in the area shortly before 3pm yesterday. Please call 101 quoting Operation Narrow.

“You can also call the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously. Minicom users should call 01962 875000.”