A lone female police officer was attacked as she attempted to arrest a man on Stoke Newington High Street, yesterday.
The police sergeant was on patrol in Stoke Newington High Street near the junction with Tyson Street at 5:41PM on Wednesday, 11 January, when she came across a knife point robbery in progress.
Despite being alone, the female uniformed sergeant pursued the male suspect.
When she caught up with him, he produced a knife and swung it violently towards her. The officer managed to avoid the force of the multiple attacks and detained the 18-year-old man with the help of members of the public.
She was punched on the arm by the suspect as she detained him. The man resisted arrest but was subdued due to her efforts and help from passing members of the public. She did not require hospital treatment but did suffer bruising to her arm.
A mobile phone, stolen from the robbery victim and a knife was found in the suspect’s possession. Inspector Iain Williams from Hackney said: “This was a very courageous effort from Sergeant Weeden whose first instinct was to catch the suspect in this street robbery. She acted in the best traditions of the Met when she fought off the knife attacks and worked to detain and arrest the 18-year-old man. I would also like to pay tribute to the passing members of the public who bravely came to assist the officer.”
The 18 year old man was arrested on suspicion of GBH and robbery, and taken to an east London police station for questioning.