Scary at 6 am in the center of Londonnear Haymarket, between Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus.
Two police officers (a man and a woman) were wounded, stabbed, by a stranger.
According to an initial reconstruction, the agents had intervened to stop the man – perhaps in the throes of a raptus – who had attacked a paramedic.
The female officer was stabbed in the arm before her colleague ran after the suspect: a fight ensued, Police Commissioner Mark Rowley said.
The officer was “badly injured” after being stabbed three times in the neck and once in the chest, but is expected to make a full recovery, according to Commissioner Rowley.
Now the two policemen are hospitalized. The attacker – a young man around 20 years old – was also hospitalized: to arrest him, the police – promptly intervened – had to use a taser. Then he was discharged, in police custody.
Other police officers stopped the attacker, after a further scuffle, on Great Windmill Street, near Shaftesbury Avenue.
Scotland Yard excludes that it was a terrorist act.
Police are investigating the circumstances of the attack on the two officers, which took place while London is flooded with visitors – British and foreign – visiting the capital to pay their respects to Queen Elizabeth II (at Westminster Hall and, on Monday, the funeral in the Abbey of Westminster), but the stabbing did not take place near any memorial or symbolic site of the British Monarchy.
Therefore, no direct link with the events of these days.
As the police suggest, this is the isolated act of a deranged man.
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan he called it “absolutely scary” when it happened.
“These brave officers were doing their duty and assisting the public at this important moment for our country,” said the Mayor of London.
“My thoughts and prayers are with them, their loved ones and police colleagues. After this shameful attack.”