Off duty police officer stabbed multiple times in Rayleigh
25 April 2019, 16:08 | Updated: 25 April 2019, 18:10
A police officer is in a serious condition in hospital after he was stabbed multiple times in Rayleigh last night.
He was found at an address in Church Road at around 9:10pm, with serious injuries to his stomach, chest and arm.
A man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of attempted murder and is currently in custody.
Essex Police say:
"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."
Steve Taylor, chairman of Essex Police Federation, said: "Last night, one of our colleagues was the victim of a horrendous, targeted and violent attack.
"He remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition.
"The thoughts of Essex Police Federation and the officers we represent are with our colleague and his family.
"The Force and Federation are supporting them and we would ask the media to respect their privacy. We will be making no further comment at this time."
Essex Police have confirmed the victim was an employee, but refused to comment on whether they were an off-duty officer.
Rayleigh and Wickford MP Mark Francois has responded to the attack saying: "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.