TWO police officers are stabbed near Leicester Square in the early hours with one ‘seriously hurt’ before man is Tasered and arrested
Two Metropolitan Police officers have been stabbed in London’s West End early this morning after encountering a man with a knife.
The two male officers and the knifeman were in the area of Haymarket and Leicester Square. Both officers were injured are were being treated in hospital this morning.
One of the officers said to have been seriously injured. A source told MailOnline that one of them had been stabbed in the neck, but the force has not yet confirmed this.
A Taser was deployed on the man who was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and assaulting an emergency worker. He was taken to a hospital for treatment.
In the aftermath of the stabbing, officers from outside the West End rushed into the city centre as the capital prepares to host the Queen’s funeral – considered the most challenging event police and the security services have faced in peacetime.
More than 10,000 officers are said to be on duty in London at the moment – many from Scotland and Wales – as the nation mourns Queen Elizabeth II.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman told MailOnline: ‘On Friday, September 16 at around 6am, police encountered a male with a knife in the area of Leicester Square.
‘Two officers received stab wounds and are currently being treated in hospital. We await further updates on their conditions.
‘Taser was deployed and male was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and assaulting an emergency worker.
‘He was taken to a hospital for treatment where he remains at this time. Enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the incident are ongoing.’
Haymarket is one of the main roads in the West End, running north from Pall Mall close to The Mall to Piccadilly Circus. It contains a number of major theatres and cinemas as well as a plethora of bars, restaurants and clubs.
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