Police officers slashed in West Bromwich: Three people arrested after town centre incident

21 July 2021, 13:49 | Updated: 21 July 2021, 19:01

Three people have been arrested after two police officers were slashed in West Bromwich in the West Midlands this morning.

The pair were attacked after they approached two people acting suspiciously in the New Square shopping centre just before 11.30am.

The officers received "slash injuries" which are not thought to be life-threatening.

However, the pair have been taken to hospital to be checked over, police said.

Two men aged 41 and 37, and a 31-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Chief Superintendent Ian Green, from Sandwell Police, said: "Fortunately both officers received minor injuries but are understandably shaken by today's incident as I'm sure other officers and staff are, as well as our communities.

"We had special powers authorised to carry out additional patrols in West Bromwich town centre as a result of an increase in violence in recent days, as our priority is keeping you safe.

"We continue to keep doing all we can to reassure our communities and stop people who think it's acceptable to carry weapons, or use them.

"There will be increased patrols in the area and the Section 60 powers will be continuing until 10pm this evening. We'll share the details later on social media.

"A CCTV trawl is being carried out and a number of witnesses are being spoken to.

"We will support our colleagues throughout their recovery - and others affected by what has happened this morning - and the pending investigation."

West Midlands Ambulance Service said an ambulance, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance attended the scene.

A spokeswoman said: "Ambulance crews arrived to find two male police officers with non-serious injuries. They were given treatment on scene before being conveyed to hospital by land ambulance for further checks."

A Section 60 order giving officers extra powers to carry out additional stop checks was granted for parts of West Bromwich town centre earlier today.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.