Police officer stabbed detaining robbery suspect

Detectives are investigating after a police officer was stabbed whilst attempting to arrest a suspect following a robbery in Sutton.

Police were called shortly before 7pm on Tuesday, 2 January to reports of a knife-point robbery close to St James Road.

Officers attended and spoke with the male victim before commencing a search of the local area.
Officers identified the suspect who ran from police. Following a short foot chase, the man was detained outside a pub on the High Street.

During the arrest, a police constable sustained a stab wound to his leg. He was taken by the London Ambulance Service to a south London hospital where he remains in a stable condition. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

The man was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and robbery. He has been taken to a south-west London police station where he remains in custody.

The victim of the robbery was also taken to hospital with minor injuries. He was not stabbed.
Chief Superintendent Robyn Williams, Borough commander for Sutton, said: “Thankfully, incidents of this nature are rare. However, they highlight the risks officers face on a daily basis whilst carrying out their duties.
“Officers regularly run towards danger in order to protect the public; for one to be assaulted in such a way is totally unacceptable, and it is only by luck that his injuries were not more serious.

“Our thoughts are with the officer, his family and colleagues.”

Anyone who witnessed either the robbery or the stabbing and is yet to speak with officers is asked to contact police via 101. They can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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