A 30-year-old man has been arrested for attempted murder after a police officer was attacked whilst responding to an incident in Newquay this morning (11th September).
A spokesperson for Devon & Cornwall confirmed that officers were called to Trevnson Road, Newquay, at around 10:20 this morning following reports made by a member of the public that a male was acting aggressively.
Whilst at the scene, an officer who responded to the call for help has been assaulted and sustained a number of severe burns to his arms and legs. A call was put out to all surrounding units for urgent assistance and all available police resources rushed to the scene.
The officer has serious injuries, but they are not thought at this time to be life-threatening. The injured officer has been taken to Treliske Hospital via Air Ambulance, and his next of kin have been informed.
As the incident unfolded, a witness told Cornwall Live :
“There are lots of police, air ambulance and fire fighters near Newquay Tretherras School.
“A man is being restained by police in plain clothes with body armour and guns, with the incident taking place in a field opposite the school.”
Chief Supt Ian Drummond-Smith, Police Commander for Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly, tweeted to say:
‘Very serious incident. My thoughts with our officer. Police Officer airlifted to hospital with life-changing injuries. Male arrested for attempted murder of officer I will be in Newquay this afternoon to see the team and speak with media’.
This article will be updated with further information just as soon as we get it.
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