Two police officers were attacked near Leicester Square on Friday in an area usually bustling with commuters and tourists which is home to many of London’s theatres and Chinatown. A police officer was stabbed repeatedly in the neck and another constable stabbed through the arm, by a man with a knife. The second was a female officer and was stabbed through a vein in her arm suffering “massive blood loss”They were taken to hospital. The stabbing took place on Great Windmill Street. Other officers fired a Taser at the suspect.A man in his 20s was arrested and in custody. Thea knife was also recovered from the scene.
A large police cordon has been placed around a significant area. “We remain concerned that the injuries to the young woman officer’s arm may still be quite serious and may potentially be life-changing,” the Metropolitan police commissioner, Sir Mark Rowley, said. The deputy assistant commissioner Stuart Cundy said the attack was not believed to be terrorist in nature or linked to events relating to the death of the Queen. The London mayor, Sadiq Khan, called the attack “utterly appalling” and “disgraceful”. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley credited the officers for being “immensely brave”. In a series of tweets, Home Secretary Suella Braverman said: “Everyday, we are safer thanks to the the bravery of our policemen and women. I wish the police officers a swift recovery and my thoughts are with their family, friends and colleagues.”