Man charged with attempted murder over knife attack on two police officers

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Forensics officers and police at the scene in Shaftesbury Avenue (PA) (PA Wire)
Forensics officers and police at the scene in Shaftesbury Avenue (PA) (PA Wire)

A man has been charged with attempted murder after two police officers were stabbed in central London.

Mohammed Rahman, 24, was charged in connection with an attack on a male constable who was knifed in the neck and chest in Leicester Square at 6am on Friday.

The pair had been on a routine morning patrol when they approached the man who was acting suspiciously.

As the female officer challenged him he produced a knife and stabbed her in the arm before fleeing the scene.

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He was pursued by her male colleague, who after tackling him a short distance away, was stabbed three times in the neck and chest.

The man was eventually subdued by other officers who used Tasers, pepper spray and batons to restrain him.

Mr Rahman, of Westbourne Park Road in Notting Hill, has also been charged with six further offences.

He faces one count of causing grievous bodily harm in connection with the attack on the female officer.

In addition, he has been charged with assault and two counts of threatening a person in a public place with a bladed article. He has also been charged with robbery and possession of a bladed article.

Rahman will appear at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Earlier on Saturday, the Met said the female officer who suffered a stab wound to the arm had been discharged from hospital, while the male officer remained under medical supervision.

The officers who were taken to hospital – both attached to the Met’s Central West Command Unit responsible for policing Westminster – were carrying out routine duties and were not part of the wider policing operation in place following the death of the Queen.

Scotland Yard said they did not believe the attack was terror related or was in any way connected with the period of mourning for the late Queen.