A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a police officer was attacked in Clapham.
Police had been called to reports of a disturbance in Lynette Avenue, shortly after 9pm yesterday, Tuesday, 22 October.Officers found a 35-year-old man – but he tried to escape.
A female officer tried to hold him, but the man produced two knives and attempted to stab the officer at least twice in the stomach.
Despite the attack, the officer calmly drew her Taser and discharged it before pursuing the suspect with her colleagues.
The man was arrested at nearby Clapham Common on suspicion of attempted murder, possession of an offensive weapon and a public order offence.
He remains in custody at a South London police station.Work continues to find the knives he was seen in possession of and threw away between Lynette Avenue and Clapham Common.The officer did not require hospital treatment.
Chief Superintendent Simon Messinger of the Central South Command Unit said:“This was a truly shocking incident that could have easily had devastating consequences and I have no doubt that the intentions of this man were to seriously harm one of our colleagues.
“It is a testament to her bravery that, despite the attack, this officer – along with her colleagues – remained focused in detaining and disarming a dangerous man.“She then completed her shift and, having spoken to her, she’ll be back helping keep the streets of south London safe once again today.
“Importantly, it also demonstrates how effective, and unfortunately necessary, a police officer’s protective equipment is as this has potentially saved her life.”