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Police officer stabbed several times in vicious attack while trying to arrest suspect

The scene of the stab attack
The scene of the stab attack

A police officer has been stabbed several times as he tried to make an arrest.

Merseyside Police said the incident happened at around 11.20am in Huyton when four officers on foot patrol spotted a man on Westmorland Road who they recognised as being wanted on suspicion of rape.

They immediately attempted to arrest the man who then stabbed one of the officers - a 30-year-old constable - several times before attempting to run away.

A second officer chased and arrested the 18-year-old man from Huyton on suspicion of rape - in relation to an incident on Slater Street in Liverpool city centre on June 18 - and assault of a police constable.

He has been taken to a police station in Merseyside where he will be interviewed.

The injured officer, who sustained stab wounds to his back, was taken to hospital for treatment, and his condition is stable and not life-threatening.

Deputy Chief Constable Carl Foulkes said: "This incident highlights once again the dangers officers face every single day, putting themselves in harm's way to deal with dangerous situations.

"The very nature of the job means officers go into challenging situations and acknowledge the risks they face. Despite this, officers put themselves on the front line protecting our communities every day and any assault on an officer serves as a stark reminder of the very real dangers that officers face to keep us all safe day in, day out.

"After seeing their colleague stabbed, three officers continued to attempt to arrest the man and successfully detained him and I would like to commend their bravery and that of the officer who has been injured."