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Two Devon police officers stabbed

Man arrested for attempted murder

Two police officers have been stabbed in an incident at Princetown which police are treating as attempted murder.

They were called to a report of an assault at an address in Burrator Avenue in the Dartmoor town just before midnight on Thursday evening (8 July).

A 60-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

The officers' injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. One has injuries to his arms and has been discharged from hospital; the other remains in hospital where he is receiving treatment for facial and arm injuries.

A knife was seized at the scene and the man arrested remains in custody.

Temporary assistant chief constable Steve Parker said: “This incident demonstrates the significant risk all officers face every time they come on duty and police our communities.

 “The actions and bravery of both officers should be highly commended as they have put their own lives at risk to protect others.

 “The officers and their families are in close contact with the force and the Police Federation to ensure everything possible is done to help and assist them at this difficult time.

 “While Devon and Cornwall remains one of the safest places to live in the country, it doesn’t diminish the risk all of us take to protect our communities.”

A cordon remains in place at the scene and residents can expect to see an increased police presence in the area while the investigation, including house-to-house enquiries, continues.

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