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16th Sep 2022

Two police officers stabbed in London’s Leicester Square

Jack Peat

One is ‘seriously hurt’

Two police officers have been stabbed in London’s Leicester Square this morning after encountering a man with a knife.

The male Met Police officers were injured, one seriously, after the incident and are now being treated in hospital.

One source told MailOnline that one of them had been stabbed in the neck, but the force has not yet confirmed this.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “On Friday, September 16 at around 6am, police encountered a male with a knife in the area of Leicester Square.

“Two officers received stab wounds and are currently being treated in hospital. We await further updates on their conditions.

“Taser was deployed and male was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and assaulting an emergency worker.

“He was taken to a hospital for treatment where he remains at this time. Enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the incident are ongoing.”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan condemned the attack, and called for anyone with information about the incident to contact police.

He said: “This attack on serving police officers in Soho overnight is utterly appalling.

“These brave officers were doing their duty and assisting the public at this momentous time for our country.

“My thoughts and prayers are with them, their loved ones and police colleagues following this disgraceful attack.

“Our police officers run towards danger to protect others and keep us safe and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude.

“I have spoken with the new Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley about this awful incident and remain in close contact.

“Attacks against the police will not be tolerated and any perpetrators will be caught and prosecuted.

“I urge anyone with information to come forward to ensure the perpetrator of this disgusting attack feels the full force of the law.”

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