Man arrested over attempted murder during police eviction

A 51-year-old police officer has suffered serious burns to his arms and leg after being called to help bailiffs with an eviction from private land in Newquay, Cornwall.

Man arrested over attempted murder: A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. The police officer in question was air-lifted to hospital and his injuries are said to be “serious but not life threatening”.

Additionally, Priti Patel, Home Secretary, condemned the attack as “a truly appalling and unacceptable incident”. And  later said that “thoughts are with the brave officer and his family at this terrible time”.

Meanwhile, a 30-year-old man is being held in custody after being arrested. Devon and Cornwall police have issued a statement. Saying that the officer was called to a disturbance. Where a man was behaving aggressively on Trevinson Road at 10.20am on Friday.

His burns were caused by fire and not a chemical substance the statement said. The police commander for Cornwall, Chief Superintendent Ian Drummond-Smith said that the officer’s life was saved by police turning up to help him very quickly. And, although he was seriously injured, he is sitting up in bed and talking and seems in good spirits.

Mr Drummond-Smith said the incident demonstrated “the bravery of police officers up and down the country”.


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