Female police officer stabbed while trying to stop ‘armed robbery’

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A police officer continued chasing two robbery suspects after she was stabbed in the abdomen.

Shortly after 3.40pm today a male and female police officer witnessed two teenagers armed with knives attempt to rob a grocery store in Westminster.

The shopkeeper had managed to push the boys out of the store, where the officers attempted to detain them.

As they challenged the suspected robbers the female officer was stabbed in the abdomen.

Despite the wound she continued to chase the suspects, thought to be 15-years-old, along Vauxhall Bridge Road.

The suspects were detained a short time later when firearms officers swooped in.

The officer was taken to hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

Chief Inspector Simon Brooker, Central West BCU, said: “This shows precisely the kind of danger officers face every single day as they work to keep the public safe.

“For this officer to be stabbed on duty is unacceptable but, fortunately, she does not appear to be seriously injured.

“I applaud her bravery in responding to this call. This courage is typical of Met officers as they go about their duties.”

He later added: “Fortunately, the officer was not seriously injured and has now been discharged from hospital.”