Two police officers taken to hospital after being stabbed near Leicester Square in central London – Sky News

One young female officer and another male officer were wounded in the attack, described as “utterly appalling” by London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
Friday 16 September 2022 11:45, UK
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Two police officers are being treated in hospital after they were stabbed by a man with a knife near Leicester Square in central London.
The Metropolitan Police said a Taser was used during the incident at around 6am and a man believed to be in possession of a knife was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and assaulting an emergency worker.
A young female police officer suffered a potentially life-changing stab wound to her arm while a male officer was stabbed three times in the neck and once in the chest.
He is expected to make a full recovery, said Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Mark Rowley.
The officers’ families are aware of the incident, which is not being treated as terror-related.
They are both attached to Scotland Yard’s Central West Command Unit and were carrying out routine duties unconnected with the operation in the capital following the death of the Queen.
Footage from the scene shows police officers guarding an area of Whitcomb Street which has been taped off.
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The suspect, in his 20s, was taken to hospital as a precaution and is now in police custody.
A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said the service was called to reports of an incident in Great Windmill Street, near Shaftsbury Avenue at 6.01am.
They added that three ambulances, a medic in a response car and London’s air ambulance were dispatched to scene and that three people were treated and taken to hospital.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has condemned the attack and called for anyone with information about the incident to contact the police.
He described it as “utterly appalling”, adding that the officers “were doing their duty and assisting the public at this momentous time for our country”.
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“My thoughts and prayers are with them, their loved ones and police colleagues following this disgraceful attack.
“Attacks against the police will not be tolerated and any perpetrators will be caught and prosecuted,” he said.
The mayor added that he has spoken with the commissioner Sir Mark Rowley and remains in close contact.
Police said inquiries into the “circumstances surrounding the incident are ongoing”. Homepage © 2022 Sky UK


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