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Four Metropolitan Police Officers injured in London

Post by dingdangdo » Sat Nov 19, 2011 1:06 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-15803860

Four Metropolitan Police officers injured in London
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Four officers have been injured after being called to a disturbance in Kingsbury in north-west London.

Three of the officers were stabbed and the fourth suffered a hand injury after they tried to speak to a man in Kingsbury Road on Saturday morning. Eyewitnesses told how officers chased the suspect through shops before he grabbed a knife from a butcher's and attacked the officers.

A man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, police said. The officers were taken to hospital but their condition is not known at the moment, police said.

An eyewitness said there were between five and 10 officers at the scene. Another witness, shopkeeper Girish Modha said: "A man was shouting at police in a small alleyway next to a hairdresser's shop which neighbours mine. He grabbed a piece of fluorescent tubing and brandished it at police. He then ran down Kingsbury Road, going into a cash-and-carry shop. At one point I think he threw a brick and smashed a police car window. He then ran round the roundabout and carried on towards the Tube station. He went into a butcher's, got a knife and that's when the stabbing took place."

A hairdressers, Mr Modha's sweet shop and a chemist were cordoned off. The officers are believed to have been attacked at the Kingsbury Halal Butchers, which is located on a busy shopping street opposite Kingsbury Tube station.

Ketan Vyas, the manager of a cash-and-carry store, VB and Sons, said a man aged in his 30s or 40s had burst into the shop chased by police. Mr Vyas said: "He picked up some cans of beans and threw them at the police and then carried on running out of the store and down the road. There were a lot of police after him. He was only in here for a few seconds."

Describing the aftermath of the incident a worker at a Carphone Warehouse shop opposite Kingsbury Halal Butchers said: "I saw about eight police officers on top of a man. Ambulances arrived to take away the injured policemen and the man was also taken away."

A spokeswoman for London Ambulance Service said they took five patients to hospital after being called to the scene at 08:50 GMT. She said: "We sent two single responders in cars, four ambulance crews and a duty officer. We treated five patients, they were all conscious and breathing, and they were taken to hospital."

Four of the injured people were officers, but the identity of the fifth person who was taken to hospital is yet unknown.

The incident took place near Kingsbury Circle, where Kingsbury Road and Kenton Road meets. Kingsbury Circle has been closed in all directions following the incident and five bus routes have been diverted.

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Re: Four Metropolitan Police Officers injured in London

Post by dingdangdo » Sun Nov 20, 2011 12:20 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-15809258

Home Secretary praises bravery of stabbed PCs

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The Home Secretary Theresa May has praised the bravery of four police officers who were stabbed as they tried to disarm a man in north-west London.

Three of the officers remain in hospital following the incident at Kingsbury which started shortly after 08:30 GMT on Saturday. The man ran into Kingsbury Halal Butchers and grabbed a 12in knife before stabbing the officers.

Mrs May said their bravery was a "vital reminder of the debt we owe police".

Officers "put themselves in harm's way every day to protect the public", she said.

'Immense gratitude'

"Nick Herbert (Policing Minister) and I have spoken to the Commissioner to pass on our deep sympathies for the severe injuries suffered and our immense gratitude to the officers for their actions.

"We wish them a full and fast recovery," the Home Secretary said.

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