Policewoman is STABBED in the stomach as she tries to arrest two men after knife raid on London grocery store
- Policewoman was stabbed in stomach after intervening during ongoing robbery
- Took place at corner shop in Westminster, south west London, at 3.42pm today
- Despite her stab wound the officer bravely continued to chase the two suspects
A female police officer has been stabbed in the stomach after intervening during a suspected attempted robbery at a grocery store in London.
The officer was attempting to detain two men, armed with knives, as they carried out a raid on Pimlico Grocery, in Chapter Street, Westminster, south west London, at 3.42pm today.
Two officers, a male and a female, happened to spot the commotion caused by the ongoing robbery as the shopkeeper successfully pushed the armed men from the shop.
The officer was attempting to detain two males, armed with knives, as they carried out a raid on a Westminster shop, in Chapter Street, south west London
As the officers challenged the men the policewoman received a stab wound to the abdomen, despite her injury she continued to chase the suspects along Vauxhall Bridge Road.
The suspects were detained a short time later with the assistance of firearms officers.
The officer was taken to hospital. Her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
Police forensic officer dusts a door frame at Pimlico Grocery which is inside the police cordon
The police woman has been commended for her bravery during the incident
Chief Inspector Simon Brooker, Central West BCU, said: ‘This shows precisely the kind of danger officers face every single day as they work to keep the public safe.
‘For this officer to be stabbed on duty is unacceptable but, fortunately, she does not appear to be seriously injured.
‘I applaud her bravery in responding to this call. This courage is typical of Met officers as they go about their duties.’
After being stabbed the female officer bravely continued to chase the suspects down Vauxhall Bridge Road
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: ‘My thoughts and prayers are with this brave police officer who is receiving treatment in hospital after she was stabbed while on duty, intervening in a robbery, this afternoon.
‘Every day our courageous police officers put themselves in harm’s way to keep Londoners safe.
‘I am sure all Londoners will join me in wishing her a speedy recovery.
‘Attacks on our police are utterly unacceptable and perpetrators will feel the full force of the law.’
Westminster City Councillor Rachael Robathan, added: ‘Shocked by news of a policewoman being stabbed in Chapter Street, Westminster. Relieved she appears not to be seriously injured but a vivid reminder of the dangers police officers face every day keeping us safe.’
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