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Knife man stabs police officer on duty at east London railway station

A police officer has been stabbed outside an east London railway station.

The male officer was approached by a suspect with a knife outside Ilford Station on Friday night, British Transport Police (BTP) said.

The officer was taken by ambulance to hospital for treatment for his injuries while the suspect has been arrested over the incident.

The officer’s injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

A police officer was stabbed outside Ilford Station, east London, on Friday night after he was approached with a knife

Footage shows the moment police officers restrained the male suspect on the ground at the east London train station

Onlookers watched on as police restrained the male suspect who attacked a police officer in London

Onlookers watched on as police restrained the male suspect who attacked a police officer in London

Footage shared on social media showed the male suspect being restrained on the floor. 

Witnesses described seeing the bloodied officer outside the station as it was put on ‘complete lockdown’. 

One user on Twitter wrote: ‘Absolutely shocking. My thoughts and best wishes are with the officer and the wider policing community.’

On Twitter BTP said: ‘Police officer stabbed outside Ilford Railway Station, around 9.45pm last night (Friday). We’re you there? Did you witness the attack? Man has been arrested.’

The incident which saw an officer being stabbed happened at Ilford Train Station on Friday night. The officer was taken by ambulance to hospital for treatment and his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening

The incident which saw an officer being stabbed happened at Ilford Train Station on Friday night. The officer was taken by ambulance to hospital for treatment and his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening

On Twitter last night BTP wrote: 'Police officer stabbed outside Ilford Railway Station, around 9.45pm last night (Friday). We're you there? Did you witness the attack? Man has been arrested'

On Twitter last night BTP wrote: ‘Police officer stabbed outside Ilford Railway Station, around 9.45pm last night (Friday). We’re you there? Did you witness the attack? Man has been arrested’

The incident comes amid concerns of an increase in attacks on police officers amid a rise in violent crime across London.

‘Officers are appealing for information after a BTP police officer was stabbed outside Ilford Station earlier this evening,’ the force said.

‘Around 9.45pm this evening a male officer was approached whilst on duty outside Ilford Station and was attacked with a knife.

‘The London Ambulance Service has taken the officer to hospital, where he is being treated for his injuries, which are not thought to be life threatening.

‘A man has been arrested.’

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