Two men charged with attempted murder after two officers were 'slashed' in West Bromwich

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West Midlands Police have confirmed that they have charged two men with attempted murder after two officers were "slashed."

The officers were slashed at New Square shopping centre on Wednesday morning. 37-year-old Parminder Hunjan and 25-year-old Maninder Hunjan from Smethwick have also been charged with posession of an offensive weapon and of an imitation firearm. 

A 31-year-old woman has been bailed with strict conditions pending further enquiries. 

The incident took place just before 11.30am, when officers were patrolling the town centre in New Square and noticed two people acting suspiciously.

The force says when the officers approached the two men, they became aggressive and attacked them.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman has said: "West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call from West Midlands Police at 11.42am to reports of two police officers who had been assaulted in New Square Shopping Centre, West Bromwich."

Chief Superintendent Ian Green, from Sandwell Police, said: “Fortunately both officers received minor injuries but are understandably shaken by today’s incident as I’m sure other officers and staff are, as well as our communities."

“We continue to keep doing all we can to reassure our communities and stop people who think it’s acceptable to carry weapons, or use them. There will be increased patrols in the area and the Section 60 powers will be continuing until 10pm this evening."A statement from the centre read: "We are now assisting West Midlands Police in their investigation and we will give further updates once we’re able."