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Map of location where police officer was shot in the eye

The incident happened yesterday evening Credit: ITV News Central

A police officer has been injured after he was shot in the eye with a suspected air weapon during an incident in Rugeley in Staffordshire yesterday evening.

The officer, who is believed to be from Cannock, is being treated at a trauma unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

A 34-year-old man from Rugeley has been arrested.

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34-year-old man arrested after police officer shot in eye

A 34-year-old man from Rugeley has been arrested after a police officer was shot in the eye with a suspected air weapon during an incident in Rugeley in Staffordshire yesterday.

"This is a distressing incident whereby one of my officers has been injured whilst protecting members of the public.

Whilst we are fortunate that incidents like this are very rare, it is a prudent reminder of the danger that officers face daily in their lawful duty to protect members of our communities. The Sergeant has done what the public would expect without hesitation, he should be commended for carrying out his duty in this way.

My thoughts are currently with the officer and his family hoping that the injury is not permanent. We are currently supporting his family and we are all hoping that he is able to make a swift recovery.

The incident is now being investigated by detectives and we are not seeking anybody else in relation to this matter. The local policing team and I will be supporting and reassuring the community as a result of the incident."

– Chief Inspector Stephen Morrey, the local policing commander for the district

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Appeal to identify men after Sparkhill disorder in July

Police want to speak to these two men Credit: West Midlands Police

Police have released a picture of two men they want to identify in connection with a large scale disorder in Sparkhill in July in which one man died.

28-year-old Ikram Ullah Khan died after being stabbed in the neck during the disorder on July 2 in Grantham Road and Farm Road.

West Midlands Police's investigation remans ongoing. Several men have been charged with murder and are currently awaiting trial.

"We need to trace the two men shown in these CCTV images as they may have valuable information to assist the investigation team."

– DS Angela Baggott from Force CID Homicide
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