Police officer stabbed after intervening in ‘attempted robbery’ in Westminster
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A police officer has been stabbed in broad daylight in central London while intervening in an attempted robbery.
The female officer sustained a knife wound to the abdomen while carrying out police work on Sunday afternoon.
Two men were held by police following the incident that took place on Chapter Street at approximately 3:40pm.
The officer who was stabbed was rushed to hospital for treatment and her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
The Metropolitan Police said in a statement on Sunday: '"An officer has been stabbed after intervening during a suspected attempted robbery in Westminster.
"On Sunday, 4 October at approximately 15:42hrs two police officers (one male, and one female) were in Chapter Street, SW1, when they witnessed two males, armed with knives, attempting to rob a grocery store.
"The shopkeeper had managed to push the males out of the store and the officers then attempted to detain them.
"As they challenged the males, the female officer received a stab wound to the abdomen, but continued to chase the suspects along Vauxhall Bridge Road.
"The suspects were detained a short time later with the assistance of firearms officers.
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"The officer was taken to hospital. Her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening."
Chief Inspector Simon Brooker, Central West BCU, said: “This shows precisely the kind of danger officers face every single day as they work to keep the public safe.
“For this officer to be stabbed on duty is unacceptable but, fortunately, she does not appear to be seriously injured.
“I applaud her bravery in responding to this call. This courage is typical of Met officers as they go about their duties.”
Earlier this year, Home Secretary Priti Patel stated that those found guilty of attacking emergency service workers can expect to receive tougher sentences.
She made the comment following a number of officers being attacked in the UK while standing to protect the public at protests.
It is expected sentences will be doubled for those found guilty of assaulting police, fire, and ambulance workers as well as other emergency workers.
- Knife Crime
- MET Police
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