Man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after two police officers stabbed in Dartmoor village

A 60-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after two police officers were stabbed in Devon in the early hours of Friday morning.

Officers were called to a report of an assault at an address in Burrator Avenue, Princetown, at around 11.55pm on Thursday.

Devon and Cornwall Police said a male suspect was believed to have left the scene and the officers tried to find him.

A force spokesman said: "While in Burrator Avenue at around 3am, two male police officers encountered a suspect and sustained a number of stab and laceration wounds.

"Their injuries are not currently believed to be life-threatening. One officer sustained injuries to his arms and has been discharged from hospital.

"The other remains in hospital where he is receiving treatment for injuries to his face and arms.

"A 60-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in police custody at this time."

The spokesman added: "A knife was seized at the scene.

"A cordon remains in place at the scene and residents can expect to see an increased police presence in the area while the investigation, including house-to-house inquiries, continues."

Alison Hernandez, police and crime commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, expressed her concern at the incident.

"My thoughts are with the injured officers and their families and I wish them a speedy recovery," Ms Hernandez said.

"The level of violent crime, including the use of bladed weapons, is of national concern.

"While Devon and Cornwall Police has the fourth-lowest level of knife incidents of 43 forces, every case is one too many."

She added that she welcomed Government proposals to increase sentences for those convicted of assaulting emergency services workers in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.

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