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Two police officers have been taken to hospital after receiving stab wounds to the face and arms while on duty in the early hours of the morning.
The pair were responding to reports of an assault yesterday evening when they were stabbed near Burrator Avenue, in the Devon village of Princetown.
A 60-year-old man has been arrested this morning on suspicion of attempted murder.
Devon and Cornwall Police said one officer suffered injuries to his arms and has since been discharged from Derriford Hospital. The other officer is still receiving treatment for injuries to his face and arms.
Eyewitnesses described a ‘distressing scene’ in the early hours of this morning which involved officers tasering a man.
One resident explained: ‘I was woken up at around 3am with police shouting they were going to use a taser.
The officers were responding to reports of an assault when they were stabbed near Burrator Avenue, in the sleepy Devon village of Princetown
An eyewitness described the ‘distressing scene’ at 3am this morning. Picture: Forensic specialists at the scene in Princetown, Dartmoor, Devon
The officers were treated at the scene covered in blood before being rushed to hospital.
The eyewitness continued: ‘I could see one officer with a bandage on his arm and the other with a bandage on his head sat on the floor being treated by another police office.
‘Then an officer with blood over him said he and his partner had been stabbed.
‘The other man was covered in blood – his white tee shirt was red with it.’
A statement from Devon and Cornwall Police read: ‘A 60-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after two police officers sustained stab wounds in Princetown in the early hours of this morning.
‘Officers were called to a report of an assault at an address in Burrator Avenue at around 11.55pm on Thursday July 8.
‘A male suspect was said to have left the scene and officers subsequently carried out enquiries to locate him.
‘While in Burrator Avenue at around 3am, two male police officers encountered a suspect and sustained a number of stab and laceration wounds.
‘Their injuries are not currently believed to be life-threatening. One officer sustained injuries to his arms and has been discharged from hospital.
‘The other remains in hospital where he is receiving treatment for injuries to his face and arms.
Their injuries are not currently believed to be life-threatening. One officer remains in hospital where is receiving treatment to his face and arms, while the other was stabbed in the arm
A 60-year-old man from the area has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. Pictured: Forensics arrive and take pictures of the scene this morning
‘A 60-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in police custody at this time. A knife was seized at the scene.
‘Both officers are Patrol Constables based in West Devon.
‘A cordon remains in place at the scene and residents can expect to see an increased police presence in the area while the investigation, including house-to-house enquiries, continues.’
However, it is understood detectives from the force’s Major Crime Investigation Team are currently involved in one part of the inquiry.
Locals were left stunned after news of the attack broke.
One person said ‘Hope both officers have a speedy recovery. What is this world coming to?’
Another added: ‘And in Princetown – a quiet little place – unbelievable.’
Alison Hernandez, Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said: ‘My thoughts are with the injured officers and their families and I wish them a speedy recovery.
‘The level of violent crime, including the use of bladed weapons, is of national concern.
‘While Devon and Cornwall Police has the fourth lowest level of knife incidents of 43 forces, every case is one too many.
‘That is why we are working with partners in the region on a new serious violence prevention approach.
‘I also welcome the Government’s proposals to increase sentences for those who assault emergency services workers through the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.’