Two boys, 15, charged over stabbing of female police officer during ‘robbery’

Two boys, 15, charged over stabbing of female police officer during ‘robbery’

 

A pair of teens have been charged after a female police officer was stabbed while trying to stop a suspected attempted robbery.

The officer and her male colleague saw two teenagers armed with knives attempt to rob a grocery shop in Westminster, London, on Sunday, the Metropolitan Police said.

They tried to apprehend the pair after the shopkeeper pushed the youths out of the store, a police spokesman added.

As the officers moved towards the suspected robbers, the female officer was stabbed in the abdomen.

Two 15-year-old boys, neither of whom have been named because of their age, will appear at Highbury Corner Youth Court on Tuesday to face a number of charges.

One boy is accused of grievous bodily harm and assault by beating on a police officer, attempted robbery, threatening a person with a knife, assault by beating and criminal damage.

The other is charged with assault by beating of an emergency worker, attempted robbery, threatening someone with a knife, assault by beating, and criminal damage. 

Despite being stabbed outside the shop, which has been identified as Pimlico Grocery in reports, the injured officer continued to chase two teens along Vauxhall Bridge Road.

They were detained a short time later when firearms officers swooped in.

The stabbed officer was taken to hospital but later discharged.

Chief Inspector Simon Brooker, Central West BCU, said: “This shows precisely the kind of danger officers face every single day as they work to keep the public safe.

“For this officer to be stabbed on duty is unacceptable but, fortunately, she does not appear to be seriously injured.

“I applaud her bravery in responding to this call. This courage is typical of Met officers as they go about their duties.”

He later added: “Fortunately, the officer was not seriously injured and has now been discharged from hospital.”

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