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Police officer stabbed in Portsmouth

Police are appealing for information after a police officer was stabbed in the back in Stamshaw Park #Portsmouth at around 12.20pm today, whilst on patrol in Newcomen Road.

He has been taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. His next of kin have been informed.

Police do not believe there is any wider risk to the community at this time.

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.

“If anyone has any concerns or believe they may have found something that could be the weapon, please speak to us or call us on 101 and quote 44190063033.

“Anyone with footage of the incident should contact police.”