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Devon & Cornwall Police Federation

Federation Statement Following Attempted Murder of Two Devon and Cornwall Police Officers

9 July 2021

Andy Berry, Chairman of Devon and Cornwall Police Federation said: “This incident brings home the dangers that officers face during every shift - even in incidents like this where their objective was the welfare of the male who had been reported missing by his family.

“Our colleagues were subjected to a frenzied and sustained bladed weapon assault. Both officers sustained a significant number of wounds and both ultimately were conveyed to hospital where one remains awaiting surgery.

“Given the rural nature of where this incident occurred, our colleagues were fortunate that other officers were in the vicinity and were able to render urgent assistance in a matter of minutes.

“One can only imagine the possible consequences had this not been the case.

“We must commend our colleagues, who as they are firearms officers are highly trained in First Aid, who not only assisted in the detention of the arrested male but also used their skills to provide urgent first aid to the local officers including the necessity to apply a tourniquet one of the officers due to the concerns over severity of a stab wound.

“The male has been arrested for the attempted murder of both officers.

“I have spoken with the Chief Constable this morning and have been reassured that the welfare of the injured officers and their families will be prioritised and that looking after all the other officers who were involved will also be a key priority.

“A Federation Representative has been allocated and will work with the force to ensure all needs are met.

“At this time my thoughts are with the officers and their families and we will over the coming days and weeks be working with the force to ensure that they and their families receive the support that they need.”