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19-year-old man arrested in Portsmouth on suspicion of attempted murder after policeman was stabbed

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A 19-year-old man was arrested near Stamshaw Park on suspicion of attempted murder.

Superintendent Steve Burridge said: “It goes without saying that our thoughts are with our officer and his family this evening. He is currently in a stable condition in hospital."

The support we have had from the public so far has been overwhelming, so I would like to thank everyone for their messages of support as I know this will be a huge comfort to the officer, his loved ones and our wider police family.

At this stage we believe that this incident is connected to drugs supply and officers were in the area following an incident last night.

Our investigation in the neighbourhood continues, so residents will see officers carrying out enquiries and conducting searches, in particular for the weapon used.

– Superintendent Steve Burridge, Hampshire Constabulary

Hampshire Police have confirmed that a police officer was stabbed in the back in Portsmouth.

The officer was on patrol along Newcomen Road in Stamshaw Park when he was stabbed at about 12.20pm.

He has been taken to hospital for treatment, although his injuries are not life-threatening. His next-of-kin have been told about the attack.

Police are looking for the weapon that was used to stab the police officer.

Police are also urging witnesses to submit mobile phone footage that could help with their enquiries.

He has been taken to hospital for treatment Credit: ITV Meridian
The officer was on patrol along Newcomen Road Credit: ITV Meridian
Helicopter landed near the area

Detectives say they do not believe there is any wider risk to the community at this time.

Investigations are ongoing.