Two Met officers stabbed in Central London

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Two MET officers were stabbed in Central London on Friday, 16 September 2022.

Police were called to the attention of a man in possession of a knife while on patrol in Leicester Square.

The armed man stabbed the two officers while they tried to restrain him. Other officers rushed to the scene to assist.

The injured officers were one male and one female. They were taken to the hospital for treatment. The police said the injuries were not life-threatening.

The injured officers were both attached to the Met's Central West Command Unit and not assigned to routine duties, and were part of the wider policing operation in place following the death of Her Majesty The Queen.

Both officers' families have been informed.

During the arrest, Taser was discharged and the man, believed aged in his 20s, was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and assaulting an emergency services worker – he was taken to hospital as a precaution and has since been discharged into police custody.

The police said the incident was not terror-related as the investigation continues.

Superintendent Justin Browne from the Central West Command Unit, responsible for policing Westminster, said: "Every day, police officers got out on the streets to keep the communities of London safe. In doing so, they often have to put themselves in the way of danger, putting their own welfare at risk in order to protect others.

"The actions of these two officers, and their colleagues, exemplify the key value of courage that runs through the core of the Metropolitan Police, and they will be offered all the support they need as they begin their recovery from this terrifying incident."

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