London BLOODBATH: ‘Society breakdown’ Top cop fury as ‘one of our own’ is stabbed

Saturday, November 24, 2018
By Paul Martin

POLICE OFFICERS have reacted with fury after “one of their own” was the latest victim in an “epidemic” of “senseless acts of violence”, as knife crime continues to strike the capital.

Sat, Nov 24, 2018

A police officer was brutally attacked in an unprovoked stabbing outside Ilford station in East London at 21:45 on Friday evening. The policeman was rushed to hospital for treatment, but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. Metropolitan Police Federation chairman Ken Marsh has called for officers to be given more support following the unprovoked attack.

He has previously warned of a “breakdown in society” after two officers were attacked as they tried to arrest a suspect in Hackney.

Mr Marsh sent a heartfelt message to the injured policeman, saying: “He’s one of our own, it doesn’t matter if you’re British Transport Police (BTP) or Met or whatever.

“My heart and feelings go out to him and his family – we don’t want any of our colleagues not coming home.”

BTP Federation chairman Nigel Goodband said his fellow officer was lucky his colleagues were nearby to restrain the attacker.

He said: “I wouldn’t like to have imagined what could have happened if those colleagues weren’t in close proximity.”

Mr Goodband added: “I’m told it was totally unprovoked.

“It’s shocking – knife crime and the wider epidemic of attacking police officers is a real concern to us all.

“We’re witnessing this too often now, it seems certain elements of society see it as acceptable to attack police officers.

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