A police officer was left in a critical condition after being stabbed a number of times with a machete in a “sudden and brutal attack”, Scotland Yard has said.
The officer was stabbed about midnight on Thursday after attempting to stop a van at the junction of Coopers Lane and Leyton High Road in Leyton, east London. The vehicle’s driver, aged in his 50s, failed to stop and then got out of the van and attacked the officer with the machete, police said.
The policeman managed to use his Taser despite having been stabbed, with the alleged attacker then arrested by another officer. The injured officer, aged in his 30s, was taken to hospital by ambulance.
The Metropolitan police reported his condition as critical but stable, and said his next of kin had been informed.
The driver was been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and taken to an east London police station. A crime scene was put in place.
Police said there was nothing to suggest the incident was terrorism related. North East Command Unit’s inspector Julia James described the assault as a “sudden and brutal attack”.
She added: “What began as a routine vehicle stop has transformed very quickly and unexpectedly into an unprovoked attack with a weapon.
“Our thoughts are with the injured officer and his family and we wish him a full recovery. I would like to commend his bravery and resilience especially as he managed to draw a Taser, despite being repeatedly stabbed, to prevent the suspect harming anyone else and to protect himself from further injury. This incident highlights the very real risk that police officers can be confronted with on a daily basis and the courage and professionalism officers demonstrate when doing their job.”