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Man arrested for attempted murder of police officer

PUBLISHED: 12:05 28 June 2016 | UPDATED: 18:08 28 June 2016


A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after trying to stab a police officer in Weston last night (Monday).

The police have thanked brave members of the public who jumped in to help the officer while the suspect tried to stab him.

At about 7.45pm, officers stopped a man in Drove Road and searched him under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

The man ran off and one of the officers followed him into Locking Road, when the man produced a knife and tried to stab the officer.

Members of the public intervened which allowed the officer to escape, despite the man making further attempts to stab him.

Officers then managed to detain the man following the use of an incapacitating spray.

Chief Inspector Tina Robinson said: “This was an extremely concerning incident in which an officer was threatened and repeatedly lunged at him with a knife. He was very shaken by the ordeal but thankfully wasn’t injured.

“The intervention of members of the public, who bravely came to the officer’s aid, and the efforts of his colleagues helped prevent him being seriously injured, or worse.

“One member of the public tried to drive their car at the offender while the incident was ongoing and we’d like to identify this person, as well as anyone else who witnessed this incident, as they may have vital information for us.”

The suspect has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, possession of class A drugs and possession of class C drugs and he remains in police custody.

If you can help the inquiry, call 101 and quote reference 5216140817.

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