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Police officer injured after being slashed by machete as armed police rush to scene

A POLICE officer is injured after being slashed by a machete-wielding man.

Armed police officers sped to the scene in the Forest Gate area of ​​east London just after midday after the attack in broad daylight.

A police officer was injured after being slashed with a machete in Forest Gate, east London

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A police officer was injured after being slashed with a machete in Forest Gate, east LondonCredit: Google

Officers were called to Skelton Road for reports of a man armed with a knife.

When they intervened, one of them injured his arm and was taken to hospital for treatment, although his condition is not life-threatening.

His colleagues remain at the scene to try to deal with the knifeman.

Dramatic footage shows at least 10 police vehicles lined up along the street with the entire area cordoned off.

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Paramedics from the London Ambulance Service are also present.

Witness Matthew, who lives two blocks from the incident, described the chaos.

The 54-year-old said: “When I came out of the laundromat there were a lot of police cars.

“More and more police cars came and so did the ambulances.

“The entire area was cordoned off when the firearms officers arrived and then they took out riot shields.

“The street has been full of police cars ever since. I’ve never seen anything like it.

“We were all told to back off and I know it looked very serious at the time.”

A Met Police spokesman said: “At around 11.50am on Sunday April 10, police were called to reports of a man armed with a machete suffering from a mental health crisis at an address in Skelton Road, E7.

“Officials were present – ​​one officer sustained a cut on his arm and was taken to hospital for treatment.

“His condition is not life-threatening.

“Officials remain on site and are trying to get in touch with the man.

“The incident is still ongoing.”

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/18224199/police-officer-slashed-machete-london/ Police officer injured after being slashed by machete as armed police rush to scene

Bobby Allyn

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