An officer has sustained serious injuries after being attacked with a machete following a van stop in Leyton, east London.
Shortly after 1am on Thursday, 8 August, uniformed officers in a marked police car signalled for a van to stop in Coopers Lane at the junction with Leyton High Road, E10.
The vehicle failed to stop for police and made off. It was followed briefly by police on ‘blues and twos’ and stopped a short while later since it was being driven without insurance.
Response team officers from the North East Command Unit got out of the police car to speak to the driver, a 56-year-old man.
This man then attacked a uniformed police constable with a machete. The officer was stabbed a number of times but managed to draw his Taser and used it to subdue the suspect and protect himself from further harm. The suspect was then promptly arrested by the other officer in attendance, a female police constable.
The injured PC – aged in his 30s and with around ten years’ service as a Met officer – was taken to hospital by the London Ambulance Service suffering stab injuries to his head and elsewhere on his body.
The officer remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening and he is expected to make a full recovery. His family have been informed.
The driver was arrested at the scene on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and was taken to an east London police station where he remains in custody. He did not require hospital treatment.
We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident and there are no other reported injuries.
A crime scene remains in place.
Detective Chief Superintendent Richard Tucker, in charge of the North East Command Unit, said:
“This was a frenzied and brutal attack on a uniformed officer carrying out his duties. What began as a routine vehicle stop transformed very quickly and unexpectedly into an unprovoked attack with a weapon.
“Thankfully, the officer was carrying a Taser and managed to use it. This stopped the suspect from inflicting any further injury and allowed the other officer to detain him. I honestly believe that using that Taser may have saved his life.
“I would like to commend his bravery, resilience and determination. Despite being repeatedly stabbed, his first thought was to protect his colleague and members of the public.
“I would also like to take the opportunity to commend the members of the public who did not just stand there and watch but also stepped in to help.
“Our thoughts are with the officer and his family and we wish him a full recovery. Officers come to work every day to protect the public from harm, for an officer to be met with such violence in such a frenzied way is despicable.
“This case highlights the very real risks with which police officers are confronted with on a daily basis and the courage and professionalism officers demonstrate when doing their job.
“There is body-worn footage of this incident and we are aware there were a number of people who witnessed the attack and may have taken footage. If you have not already come forward we urge you to do so, to assist us with our enquires.”
Anyone who may be able to assist is asked to contact police via 101 quoting CAD3/8AUG or Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111.