A police officer was stabbed as he responded to an armed robbery in Wigan just a few days after four officers were attacked by a male in north London which led to one male being charged with four counts of attempted murder.
Shortly before 10.05pm on Sunday 7 October 2018, police were called to reports of an armed robbery at AM to PM stores on Gidlow Lane.
Within minutes, officers response team officers were at the scene but a man fled in the direction of Birch Street.
An officer pursued him and a struggle ensued, at which point the officer – a man in his 40s – was stabbed repeatedly to the point that the knife snapped.
Thankfully, the officer was wearing body armour and only suffered minor injuries to his arm.
A 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of section 18 assault and robbery. He remains in custody for questioning.
Although, no doubt many will question why the male has not been charged with attempted murder considering how many times it is alleged that he stabbed the police officer.
Detective Sergeant Chris Broad, of GMP’s Wigan borough, said: “Officers are often faced with danger when they are responding to incidents, standing in harm’s way to protect the public.
“He was taken to hospital for treatment but is now recovering at home and we wish him a speedy recovery.
“We have launched a full investigation into this incident and enquiries are ongoing. I would urge anyone with any information to get in touch as soon as possible.”
Chief Constable Ian Hopkins, added: “I am appalled by this abhorrent attack on one of my officers who was simply attempting to exercise his duty and keep the people of Greater Manchester safe.
“Thankfully, his injuries were not as significant or serious as they could have been, which is a credit to his bravery, the assistance of his colleagues and undoubtedly his body armour.
“The actions of both police officers were outstanding and are a testimony to what officers and staff across Greater Manchester do to protect the public.”
Many will start to ask once again if police officers should be routinely armed as they face violent and determined criminals who will do anything to get away from facing the consequences for their decisions.
Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 7967 quoting reference number 2238 of 07/10/2018, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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There are lots of police officers who don’t want to carry firearms that could kill. But I think all Police Officers should carry the weapon that fires the stun gun . As now most of the bad guys carry something that will harm the officer. Bare fists cannot stop a bullet or knife. Stab proof vests only cover the chest area ..but the rest visible areas of the body is still visible to danger.