Police officer stabbed in ‘targeted attack’
An off-duty police officer is in a serious condition in hospital after he was stabbed multiple times.
The man suffered injuries to his stomach, chest and arm in the attack in Rayleigh on Wednesday evening, Essex Police said.
A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
Police were called to an address in Church Road at around 9.10pm where they found the victim.
“The victim was taken to hospital where he has undergone treatment and remains in a serious but stable condition,” the force said. “A man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder and is currently in custody.
“At this time detectives believe the incident was targeted and isolated and there is no wider risk to the local community.
“We are not seeking anyone else in connection with this incident.”
The force confirmed the victim is an employee of Essex Police.
Rayleigh and Wickford MP Mark Francois said the attack was “absolutely wicked”.
He said: “This is an appalling crime and my thoughts are with the officer concerned and his family.
“Mercifully, while his injuries are serious, I have been told they are no longer life-threatening.
“Nevertheless, attacking a police officer on their own doorstep is absolutely wicked.”
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 101 quoting incident 1274 of April 24 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.