A heroic policeman who was repeatedly stabbed in the head and body in a "frenzied" machete attack while trying to ward off the knife man with his taser was operated on.
The brave officer is said to have told his superiors that he was fine before undergoing the operation this morning for the injuries he suffered after stopping a vehicle in East London around midnight.
He was stabbed after trying to stop a van at the intersection of Coopers Lane and Leyton High Road in Leyton.
The driver of the vehicle, 56, was initially unable to stop, but then got out of the van and injured the officer with the machete, the police said.
The policeman then managed to use his taser even though he was stabbed to death in the "sudden and brutal" attack that lasted only seconds. The alleged attacker, 56, was then arrested by another officer.
Witnesses reported that the attacker was held on the ground when another officer arrested him before being bundled into a police car after more than a dozen emergency vehicles arrived at the scene.
The officer, who has a decade of police experience, was treated by colleagues and paramedics on the street when his uniform lay on the floor next to him.
The pictures above show the moment officials rushed to the scene to help their colleague after the attack
The region's residents went to Twitter to share pictures of the scene while the official appeared to be treated
There was a bloodstain on the street at the site of the attack in Leyton this morning (see image above).
People in the area posted photos of Midland Road (see picture above) on Twitter where the police had blocked off the area
He was praised for protecting his colleague, who described witnesses as a brunette woman, and for those around him.
Commander Richard Tucker said the attack was "frenzied, unprovoked and shocking" while the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said he was "extremely horrified" by the attack.
A witness heard the officer scream while the 31-year-old Muhammad Faisal described the consequences as a "shocking" scene.
“We saw someone lying on the street. His police uniform was next to him, 'he said.
They supported him on his head. We haven't seen the wound, but we've seen a lot of blood. & # 39;
I saw a policeman holding a knife. It was a machete, "he added, describing the blade as" about a foot long. "
The Uber driver continued: “The first thought was that the man who was lying on the floor had lost his life. It makes you think because it was a cop – people who were traveling for our safety.
"It also gives you an emotional feeling. So we stayed to make sure he was alive. & # 39;
The injured police officer, aged 30, was taken to the hospital in an ambulance. The driver, who did not need hospital treatment, was arrested on suspicion of serious physical harm and taken to a police station in East London.
There is still a crime scene in the area and the police have said there is nothing to indicate that the incident is related to terrorism.
The area's residents went to Twitter to share pictures of the scene when blue lights lit the street and the police were on site at the incident
After the support is called into the area, one can see officials standing around while someone is being treated
After the attack in Leyton in east London, officers were pictured on site with police cars and cars
Local residents took pictures of the police car (left) and the car (right) that had participated in the incident last night
Local residents have now revealed how the police officer's colleague was moved to tears after the attack.
A witness said: “The officer was bald, his head was bloody. They fought and he got a knife. He hit the policeman in the head and the policeman scolded him and he fell to the floor.
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& # 39; It was a long knife. I don't know where it came from. It looked like he really wanted to hit the officer. It was creepy. & # 39;
She added that she felt "bad for the officer" and said that a man ran from a nearby bus stop to the officer to help him while they were waiting for the arrival.
He looked pretty hurt and his colleague was crying. It was a woman and I think she was a brunette.
& # 39; He was on the floor, his hand was bleeding and he asked for support and he asked people to call the ambulance.
The map above shows the area in Leyton in east London where the officer was attacked after a routine vehicle stop
She cried and then went into the van and another woman went to hug her. People helped him when the other police officers came. & # 39;
She said the alleged attacker was not calm when they arrested him.
Young people urge Prime Minister Boris Johnson to take urgent action against knife crime
Young people have urged Boris Johnson to take urgent measures to combat the knife crime crisis and make it a "top priority".
Six adolescents who experienced firsthand the trauma caused by gun violence have requested to meet with him after they have drawn up an action plan to prevent more young people from being lost.
Labor Party MP Sarah Jones (L) poses with young people affected by knife crime as they send a letter to Downing Street
They sent a letter to Downing Street on Thursday, signed by more than 100 young people, and presented the 12-point manifesto about what they thought would make the streets safer.
In the letter, the youth said: “More and more of our generation are still dying.
“More needs to be done as soon as possible. As Prime Minister, you must make this problem your top priority. & # 39;
As part of their campaign, they worked with the All Party Knife Crime Group and Barnardo and Redthread Youth Welfare Associations on a report entitled "There is no protection on the streets, none".
The manifesto includes calls to address the group's underlying causes of violent crime, such as housing shortages, youth welfare, and jobs, as well as an offer for more police officers in the community to build relationships in the neighborhood.
24-year-old activist Zak Hall from Redbridge in east London said urgent measures were needed to combat the "hideous culture" of knife crime that "crept in".
He believes 14 to 21 year olds are at greatest risk of being involved in knife crime and falling victim.
Mr. Hall said, "Some just think it's the new reality."
"He was moving, he was shouting and shouting," Ah, ah, ah ". He was shouting," Leave me alone. "He was crying, shouting, and moving too. & # 39;
It comes when Mr. Tucker said this was a time when "brave people had to go to the police" and Ken Marsh, chairman of the Met Police Association, said "enough is enough" when it comes to knife crime.
& # 39; This is terrible news. Police officers across London face the risk of protecting the public every day – and unfortunately, a Metropolitan Police officer has suffered another serious injury while on duty.
He added: “Enough is enough. Police officers should go home at the end of their shift. Not to the hospital. & # 39;
Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed "sympathy" to the official and highlighted how he will continue to fight knife crime in the UK.
"What this underlines for me is the bravery of our police, people who are actually in danger to make us safer."
Mr. Johnson added: “What I also see is the vital importance of investing in policing. That is why we put another 20,000 officers on the streets and give them the legal powers and support they need to fight knife crime and combating other violent crimes. & # 39;
When asked what his government was going to do to fight knife crime, the prime minister said, "I think you have to give the officials confidence … that if you ask someone who is approaching you, they may have a knife carries a danger to them and to everyone around them. You need to have the strength and confidence to do and stop and seek this emotionally challenging thing.
"We did a lot of it 10 years ago, we've already cut knife crime and murder rates. I think that has to be part of the solution now, and we have to be tough on those who wear knives."
The incident is happening as new data indicate that the number of women and girls who wear knives is increasing in England and Wales.
From 2014 to 2018, the police in England recorded 5,800 cases in which women and girls were caught with a knife. The youngest who was caught was 7 years old and the report found that the role of women in knife crime is often overlooked.
Commander Tucker spoke about Good Morning Britain this morning and asked the public to come forward. He stressed that the officer at the Leyton incident had now told him he was fine.
After he was stopped, the man got out of the van and stabbed the policeman in the head and body. The officer is at Royal London, he is seriously injured, but he will recover, he will be operated at 10 a.m. and he will be very shaken.
This morning, Met police tweeted that the official's condition was not classified as life-threatening
The van (pictured above) is believed to be the attacker's and was taken away this morning
"We have footage of the incident and I would like to thank the members of the public who came out to help and the Royal London staff.
"For members of the public who have been there, I urge you to report back while we have a man in custody, so we need to get a better picture of what happened."
He added that the officials were "London officials" and said the incident underscores the "amazing" work they do every day.
There is still a crime scene in the area and the police have said there is nothing to indicate that the incident is related to terrorism
Met police tweeted that an official was being treated in hospital after an attack
“They're fighting some of the most violent people in society to keep London safe. Police work is sometimes a very dangerous task and we care about people.
What is a taser and how do they work?
Tasers – or conductive electrical devices (CEDs) – are weapons with an electrical charge of 50,000 volts that temporarily incapacitate a person. In most cases, they freeze and fall to the ground.
They are battery operated and when fired, two metal spikes, connected to the weapon by a thin wire, pierce the skin before the charge is released.
Similar to a pistol, the electrical current disrupts the neuromuscular system in the body after discharge, which in turn should subject a person.
The policeman pictured above with an X2 taser that was used in the attack in Leyton
According to the City of London Police website, the peak voltage drops to 1,200 when the taser current flows through the human body.
In England and Wales, both the Taser X26 and Taser X2 have been approved by the Home Office for use by specially trained officials in England and Wales.
In December 2014 it was announced that the production and sales of the X26 model will be stopped by the American company behind the weapon.
As a result, the Home Office gave the go-ahead in 2017 to use the X2 model as a replacement, which, unlike the X26, can be fired twice if it misses or fails to hit the target at the first launch.
According to the Metropolitan Police, it was the X2 that the officer had used in the incident in Leyton in east London on Thursday.
He later added that he was happy that it was not a "more serious attack".
"It is shocking, but unfortunately not unusual. This is a particularly bad event, but I would say that there is always a threat to being a cop.
“There has been an increase in knife crime not only in London. In this case the arrested man is not a young man, he is in his fifties.
He described the attack as "a symptom that people are less afraid of the police."
Mr. Tucker added: “I've been with the police for a long time – there is certainly a sense of lack of respect, not only for the police, but also for authority.
The attack lasted a few seconds, but the actual engagement to this man probably lasted two minutes.
"It was completely unprovoked, it was a direct vehicle stop without insurance."
He demanded harsher punishments for knife crime against officers.
Mr. Tucker added: “Anyone who takes a knife and is ready to use it, you roll the die, it could have been murder.
At the moment, the judges are convicted. The policeman in me says, "Yes, put it away." I am sometimes frustrated with the sentence. & # 39;
When asked whether he thought the attacker's response was "fear of the police," said Mr. Tucker, who has been with Scotland Yard for 33 years, "I have to think about it.
"I've been with the police for a long time, there is certainly a feeling of lack of respect not only for the police, but also for the authority, whether they are people who work in a shop, drive a bus, ambulance staff."
He added, "We want people to work for the police, and this is a call to special people to join the police force who are brave and brave and willing to actually confront these types of people."
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, praised the police and said he was "deeply horrified by this disgusting attack on a serving police officer from Met". He added that the incident is "a reminder that our police are at risk of personal security every time they go to work."
The North East Command Unit inspector, Julia James, described the attack in Leyton as a "sudden and brutal attack".
She added: “What started as a routine vehicle stop has quickly and unexpectedly turned into an unprovoked weapon attack.
& # 39; Our thoughts are with the injured officer and his family and we wish him a full recovery.
"I would particularly like to commend his bravery and resilience because he managed to draw a taser despite repeated stitches to prevent the suspect from harming someone else and to protect himself from further injuries," she said.
"This incident underscores the very real risk that police officers face every day and the courage and professionalism that officials show in their work."
The police asked anyone who witnessed the incident to call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously at 0800 555 111 and cite reference CAD 3/8 August.
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The number of women and girls who wear knives has increased by 10 percent per year since 2014
The number of women and girls involved in knife-related crimes has increased by 10 percent each year since 2014.
Over 1,500 crimes were recorded in 2018, an increase of 73 percent over the past five years.
It is because UK youth workers have found that some women carry guns for gangs as they are less likely to be stopped by the police.
Police figures show that between 2014 and 2018, more than 5,800 female knife-related crimes were recorded.
The data released by the BBC comes from young people from across the country who ask Prime Minister Boris Johnson to do something about the knife-crime epidemic in Britain.
The number of women and girls involved in knife crime has increased by 10 percent each year since 214 (picture shows table full of knives)
This is while, on a larger scale, knife crime has increased nationally after a flood of stab wounds across the country.
Figures show that stab wounds reached their highest level since 1946 after it was found that there were 285 kills with a knife or a sharp instrument in the twelve months to March 2018.
Data from 38 out of 39 armed forces in England showed that almost a quarter of all crimes involved girls under the age of 18, with the youngest wearing a knife being only seven years old.
Police in London saw a 52 percent increase over five years. From 2014 to 2018, 916 crimes were recorded.
This is while the Merseyside Police Department saw an increase of 54 percent to 499 offenses, while the number of offenses in Greater Manchester doubled and 95 offenses were recorded last year.
New data suggest that women often have to carry weapons because they are less likely to be stopped by the police
Other parts of South Yorkshire saw an 82 percent increase over the same period, with 248 offenses.
A community worker who was a former gang leader in South London said there were "girls who stab".
Jennifer Blake said, “It is normal for some women to have something in their pockets, like lipstick.
"We have girls who sting, but it's like the elephant in the room. Nobody wants to talk about it because nobody knows how to deal with it.
“Everywhere you go, you have problems with girls and their identity, their self-esteem and those are the most vulnerable that boys end up picking up.
“Knives, weapons, drugs – they are the couriers for it. You won't be stopped by the police and the men know that. & # 39;
The Home Office recently said it would invest £ 220m to keep both young men and young women away from violent crime.
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