Man arrested for attempted murder after Gwent Police officer stabbed

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after an officer from Gwent Police was stabbed while on duty in Newport.

Apr 23, 2020
By Tony Thompson

Officers had responded to reports of disorder at an address in St Vincent Lane at approximately 5.15am on Thursday morning (April 23).

Soon after arriving at the scene, a 47-year-old sergeant sustained knife wounds to the abdomen. A statement issued by the force said the officer had been taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital and was in a stable condition.

Shortly after the stabbing a fire broke out at the scene and a 33-year-old police officer was later taken to hospital suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation. He has since been released.

Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Mark Johnson said: “This is obviously a very concerning incident for us and our officers.

“South Wales Fire and Rescue Service are now carrying out a fire investigation and I can confirm this is an isolated case and we are not looking for anyone else connected to this incident.

“We have arrested a man from the Newport area on suspicion of attempted murder of a police officer from Gwent Police and arson with intent to endanger life. He is currently in police custody.

“This is reminder, that our officers, despite the challenges of operating under social distancing restrictions during the Covid-19 health crisis are working around the clock to keep communities safe, putting themselves before others – we wish our officer involved a speedy recovery.”

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