The horrendous wave of violence in London has sadly seen a police officer stabbed multiple times after stopping a van.
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The incident occurred at around midnight, with coppers attempting to stop the vehicle in Leyton.
After initially failing to stop, the van then did so and the driver attacked a uniformed police officer with a machete.
As The Met explain: “The male officer was stabbed a number of times but managed to draw his taser and used it to subdue the suspect and protect himself from further harm. The suspect was then promptly arrested by the other officer in attendance.”
The injured officer is said to be in a critical but stable condition in hospital, with the driver arrested on suspicion of GBH.
The North East Command Unit’s Inspector Julia James has said: “This was a sudden and brutal attack on a uniformed officer carrying out their duties. What began as a routine vehicle stop has transformed very quickly and unexpectedly into an unprovoked attack with a weapon.
“Our thoughts are with the injured officer and his family and we wish him a full recovery. I would like to commend his bravery and resilience especially as he managed to draw a taser, despite being repeatedly stabbed, to prevent the suspect harming anyone else and to protect himself from further injury.
“My colleagues came to work that evening to protect and serve the community. Events such as this highlight the courageous work that police do every day, sometimes having to confront violent and dangerous individuals, who are determined to do them harm.
“This incident highlights the very real risk that police officers can be confronted with on a daily basis and the courage and professionalism officers demonstrate when doing their job.”
The National Chair of the Police Federation, John Apter, has said: “This is terrible news, thank god the officer had Taser and was able to protect himself from further harm. A truly shocking incident, my thoughts are with the officer and wish him a full and speedy recovery.”