A police officer has been stabbed in his leg as he wrestled with a suspect after a robbery in south London.
Police were called shortly before 7pm to reports of a knife-point robbery close to St James Road, in Sutton.
Officers found the victim and later identified a suspect who fled on foot.
The man was caught by officers and as they tried to arrest him outside a pub on the High Street, a policeman was stabbed in his leg.
His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
The man was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and robbery.
He has been taken to a south-west London police station where he remains in custody.
The victim of the robbery was also taken to hospital with minor injuries. He was not stabbed.
Chief Superintendent Robyn Williams, Borough commander for Sutton, said: ‘Thankfully, incidents of this nature are rare.
‘However, they highlight the risks officers face on a daily basis whilst carrying out their duties.
‘Officers regularly run towards danger in order to protect the public; for one to be assaulted in such a way is totally unacceptable, and it is only by luck that his injuries were not more serious.
‘Our thoughts are with the officer, his family and colleagues.’
Anyone who witnessed either the robbery or the stabbing and is yet to speak with officers is asked to contact police via 101. They can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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