Advertisement

  1. ITV Report

Police officers injured by 'extremely violent man' throwing large knives at them

The attack happened at a junction next to the North Nineteen pub in Islington. Credit: Google Maps

Two police officers have been injured after arresting an "extremely violent" man who was throwing large knives at them in a north London street.

The police constables, aged 24 and 26, were called to Kingsdown Road, Islington at just after 6pm last night to reports of a disturbance.

As they arrived on the scene, they were approached by a man who began to throw "a number" of large knives at them as children reportedly played football nearby.

One officer suffered injuries to his face and body, while another sustained a minor head injury.

Despite their wounds, the officers managed to restrain the man before arresting him on suspicion of attempted murder.

The men, who were taken to hospital for treatment, have been praised for their "immense bravery".

The officers' injuries are not thought to be serious, a Metropolitan Police spokesperson told ITV News.

The scene was closed off until the early hours while investigators carried out their inquiries.

One witness told the Evening Standard: “I was in the garden and heard it all echoing. I heard a man’s loud voice he was screaming like a maniac. He was very angry.

“All the kids play out here, they were all playing football nearby. It’s madness, it makes me sick.”

Detective Chief Superintendent Catherine Roper said:

Officers responded to an emergency call and were confronted by an extremely violent male.

This male attempted to seriously assault the officers, including throwing knives at them in the street where other people were present.

These officers displayed immense bravery and professionalism, and were able to detain the male without sustaining serious injury to him, other members of the public or themselves.

– Detective Chief Superintendent Catherine Roper

The arrested man remains in custody.

No other arrests have been made in connection with the incident.