Policeman stabbed in London street

Mandeville Road in Enfield, north London, where the stabbing happened
Mandeville Road in Enfield, north London, where the stabbing happened

A police officer was stabbed in the shoulder on Tuesday afternoon after a man armed with a knife was seen in a residential street in Enfield, north London.

Colleagues used a tourniquet as they gave him first aid and he was taken to hospital by ambulance, where the Metropolitan Police said he was in a stable condition.

A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after the attack, which happened in Mandeville Road, Enfield.

Assistant Commissioner Matt Jukes said: “This officer has shown immense bravery apprehending a suspect, armed with a knife.

“Visiting him in hospital after he was injured, I was struck by his courage and humility. He didn’t want to talk about his own actions but to praise the professionalism of the police medic and other colleagues who provided him with vital first aid and arrested the suspect.”

Asst Commissioner Jukes said the injured officer was “in good spirits”, adding: “He spoke with pride about the work his team do protecting Londoners. And yesterday he did just that – stepped forward to put himself between the public and a clearly dangerous individual.

“In doing so, he showed the best of the Met and reminded us of the daily challenges officers face while doing their duty to protect the public. The officer and the Met would also like to thank colleagues in the NHS for their care.

“The local community can be reassured that the incident was dealt with swiftly, and that a thorough investigation is now under way.”