Derbyshire officer suffers knife wounds during arrest

A Derbyshire Constabulary officer has been slashed with a knife while making an arrest.

Oct 16, 2019
By Tony Thompson

The incident occurred in Slack Lane, Derby, just before 10pm on Tuesday (October 15) after a man was allegedly robbed of his mobile phone in the street.

The constabulary said that shortly after, two officers found a man matching the description of the suspect and attempted to detain him.

“However, during that attempt, one of the officers was slashed to the head with a knife. He was taken to hospital for treatment and is now recovering at home,” it added.

“A 37-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of assault occasioning grievous bodily harm and robbery. He remains in police custody.”

Chief Constable Peter Goodman said: “Yesterday one of our brave officers attended a report of a street robbery, he was then assaulted with a knife. Despite this assault the officer managed to detain the man until his colleagues arrived.

“I am extremely proud of him and his colleagues’ bravery and commitment to protecting the public, but I am very worried that there are people who are prepared to attack police officers who are quite simply carrying out their duties.

“I am also deeply saddened that this has happened at a time when we have a symbol of peace, in the form of the knife angel, attracting visitors and starting conversations about knife crime throughout the city of Derby and the wider county.”

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