Police officer stabbed near Leicester Square in London leaves hospital | Metropolitan police

A police officer who was stabbed in a violent attack in central London has been discharged from hospital.

The female officer suffered potentially life-changing injuries after being stabbed in the arm in Leicester Square.

A male officer, who suffered multiple stab wounds, remains under medical supervision, the Met said. An officer involved in detaining the man suffered a minor hand injury while another sustained damage to his protective vest caused by the knife, which was recovered at the scene.

A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and assaulting an emergency worker. He was taken to hospital for treatment of minor injuries before being taken into police custody.

An investigation into the incident is under way and the Metropolitan police has appealed for witnesses to come forward.

The Met commissioner, Sir Mark Rowley, said the officer had challenged the suspect over suspicions that he had a knife. She was stabbed through a vein in her arm, leading to huge blood loss, as the suspect attempted to flee. A male officer caught up with him but was stabbed three times in the neck, and once in the chest.

DCS Owain Richards said: “The actions of these two officers, and their colleagues, exemplify the key value of courage that runs through the core of the Metropolitan police and they will be offered all the support they need as they begin their recovery from this terrifying incident.”

Anyone who was in the area and saw this incident, or who may have captured events on a camera or mobile phone, should contact the police on 020 8785 8244.

They can also speak to police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555 111.

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