Police officer stabbed outside London railway station

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

British Transport Police (BTP) said the male officer was approached by a suspect outside Ilford Station and attacked with a knife.

The officer was taken by ambulance to hospital for treatment for his injuries, which are not thought to life-threatening.

A man has been arrested over the incident, BTP said.

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

Another tweeted: “At Ilford station… just come outside and all I see is someone on the floor, blood and police.”

Counter-terrorism police are not involved at this stage, it is understood.

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.”