Essex Police officers commend colleagues stabbed on duty during ‘sickening’ incident as heroes

Assistant chief constable Andy Prophet. Picture: ESSEX POLICE

Assistant chief constable Andy Prophet. Picture: ESSEX POLICE - Credit: Essex Police

Officers have hailed two members of their “police family” who were stabbed and seriously injured while on duty in Chelmsford as heroes.

A 50-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and grievous bodily harm in connection with the incident, which happened around 11pm on Friday, December 1.

Essex Police was called to a property in Springfield Road because there was concern for someone’s welfare.

On arrival, two police officers were alledgedly approached by a woman with a knife.

A spokeswoman for Essex Police said: “The woman has stabbed one officer in the leg and a second in the hand.”

During the altercation, the suspect suffered a head injury and is still receiving medical attention.

One of the officers remains in hospital and the second officer is awaiting treatment for the injury to his hand.

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Both injuries are serious but not deemed to be life-changing, a spokeswoman for Essex Police said.

Colleagues from Essex Police took to Twitter to commend the two “brave” officers.

Local Police Team sergeant for Chelmsford, Christian Denning, wrote: “Two of my “family” from my shift were hurt doing what they do best last night. They threw it all on the line and I am so proud to work with them. To them, their families and colleagues that also attended I’d like to offer any support I can.”

Sgt Denning signed off his tweet with #PoliceFamily.

Sam Benfield, response officer for Chelmsford Local Policing Team, wrote: “It’s a sombre moment when you hear that two of your friends and colleagues have been seriously injured. It makes you remember how dangerous this job can be. You don’t just have to deal with the physical injuries, but the psychological effects too. Wishing both a speedy recovery.”

Tim Scott, a sergeant in Braintree and Uttlesford, added: “The two officers injured are absolute heroes. I know one of them and he is a mild mannered friendly officer, the thought of them hospitalised for trying to help and do their job is sickening.”

Assistant chief constable Andy Prophet called the officers “brave”.

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