Sunday 18 February 2018

Policemen recover after stab attack in broad daylight

Hugh Macknight, Press Association

Two policemen are recovering at home after they were stabbed in the street in broad daylight.

The officers were investigating reports of a man acting suspiciously at the back of Gurney Street, in Darlington, Co Durham, at about 11am yesterday.

When challenged, the man attacked the pair, stabbing one in the arm and one in the head.

Members of the public who saw what was happening helped the injured officers arrest the man.

The man, aged 22 and from the Darlington area, is being questioned by police.

The officers, one in his early 20s and the other in his late 30s, were taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital for treatment to non-life-threatening injuries, a Durham Police spokesman said.

Chief Superintendent Andy Reddick praised the passers-by for their bravery.

He said: "Recently there has been a number of instances where members of the public have given timely assistance to officers in executing their duty.

"This was another example of the outstanding support police officers have received from local people and I want to thank them for that."

He said the attack was not related to the riots which have swept the country this week. Police are appealing for witnesses.

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