Police officer severely burned as man charged with arson and intent to endanger life in Newquay

Police officers investigating at the scene of the incident. Credit: ITV West Country

A police officer has been airlifted to hospital after suffering 'severe' burns while responding to an incident in Newquay.Officers were called to Trevenson Road in the town centre.

Devon and Cornwall Police says a man has now been charged with arson with intent to endanger life and causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent against a police officer. 30 year-old Blagovest Hadjigueorguiev, of no fixed abode, is due to appear at Truro Magistrates court later today. Hadjigueorguiev is also charged with attempted GBH with intent against a second police officer who was uninjured.

A spokesperson said an officer was burned on his arms and legs. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening but he was airlifted to Royal Cornwall Hospital.

The officer has now been transferred to Derriford Hospital where he's said to be in a stable condition.

The officer is sat up in bed at Derriford and in good spirits.

Spokesperson, Devon and Cornwall Police