Sussex Police officer stabbed in leg during early-morning attack

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a Sussex Police officer was stabbed in the leg during an attack in Eastbourne.

Sep 14, 2020
By Tony Thompson

Officers were called to Terminus Road in the early hours of Monday (September 14). When they arrived shortly after 1am, an officer was attacked, sustaining a serious stab injury to his leg.

Chief Constable Jo Shiner has praised the actions of the officers involved saying: “The events overnight starkly demonstrate the risk that all police officers and frontline staff face every day whilst performing their duties to protect the public.

“It is thanks to comprehensive training and the fast-thinking of those at the scene that I am not reporting something far more serious today. The injured officer was able to move away and self-administer medical intervention whilst his two junior colleagues – both just 15 months into their policing careers – apprehended the suspect. The actions of all three officers, as well as colleagues who swiftly came to their aid, are to be commended.”

A 42-year-old man from Eastbourne remains in police custody after being arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, wounding with intent and assault by beating of an emergency worker.

The force has released CCTV images from the incident in an appeal to find further witnesses.

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