A WITNESS has told how a man standing over the body of a Hampshire murder victim said: "I've given him a good seeing to."

Police have launched a major investigation after a 26-year-old man was stabbed to death in the driveway two flats at Salisbury Road, Totton.

The victim suffered a knife wound to the upper body and was dead on arrival at Southampton General Hospital.

A 26-year-old man and a 19-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of murder, and a 15-year-old boy and a 42-year-old man have been detained on suspicion of assisting an offender.

The 15-year-old and 42-year-old have both since been released pending further investigation.

Hampshire Constabulary has referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct because the older man arrested on suspicion of murder suffered a "medical episode" shortly after he has detained.

The stabbing occurred outside a two-storey property near the Calmore roundabout on Saturday evening.

A man living nearby said: "I heard a lot of screaming as it started to get dark and went round to ask if they could keep the noise down.

"I saw a well-built man in a dark-coloured tracksuit lying face down on the ground. A guy wearing a red shirt said 'I've just given him a good seeing to' and walked off.

"I thought the man on the ground had been punched but when they turned him over it was obvious he had been stabbed."

The resident said a woman performed CPR on the victim in a desperate bid to save his life.

He added: "Someone said 'he's gone, he's dead' but he was on a drip when they put him in the ambulance and had a dressing on his side.

"I didn't see a knife but the guy in the red shirt had a baseball cap in his hand so it might have been wrapped in that.

"Police arrived at the scene and at one point three police cars shot into the industrial estate across the road."

Other residents said a police helicopter circled the Calmore estate as officers scoured the area for the killer.

One of the people who took to social media in the wake of the murder said two cars travelling along Calmore Road were pulled over by police.

One of the people sought by officers is said to have been arrested in Randall Close, Calmore. The others were detained near the home of AFC Totton.

Ward councillor Neville Penman said: "Calmore has been quiet for a long time and now all of a sudden we get something like this."

Fellow Totton councillor David Harrison added: "The police appear to have done an excellent job in responding so quickly and making arrests. My thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim."

Floral tributes and a small red bible have been left at the murder scene, which is near AFC Totton's stadium.

The club's chaplain, Simon Young, who does a large amount of work in the community, took to social media yesterday to express his sadness.

He said: "We have woken this morning to the very tragic news that the incident in Salisbury Road resulted in the death of a young man.

"The thoughts and prayers of all at AFC Totton are with the family and friends who grieve at this time.

"Emotions are clearly running high, with allegations as to what caused the incident. Let's allow the police and the judicial system to do their job without hindrance."

In a statement issued last night Hampshire police said: "We are investigating the death of a 26-year-old man from Wolverhampton following a report of a serious assault.

"Yesterday we arrested a 26-year-old man on suspicion of murder and a 15-year-old boy and a 42-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. Today we have arrested a 19-year-old man on suspicion of murder."

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 and quote Operation Rosette or 44180322708.