Man armed with machete arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after police officer suffers ‘slash injury’

Officers rushed to a house in Forest Gate yesterday morning (Sunday, April 10) at 11.50am following reports of “a man armed with a machete suffering a mental health crisis”.

A man armed with a machete has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a police officer suffered a “slash injury” in east London.

Officers rushed to a house in Forest Gate yesterday morning (Sunday, April 10) at 11.50am following reports of “a man armed with a machete suffering a mental health crisis”.

Photos of the scene were shared on social media, showing a heavy police presence, including officers in riot gear.

A man has been arrested by officers responding to an incident at a house in Newham. Photo: @IG1_IG2

While people claiming to be the man’s relatives described him as “really nice and a religious guy... he’s never been in trouble with the police”, the Telegraph reported.

A Met Police officer sustained a “slash injury” to his arm during the incident, the force said.

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He was taken to hospital with injuries not thought to be life-threatening and has been discharged.

The man, aged 31, also suffered a knife injury to his neck, which police say was “believed to have been self-inflicted”.

He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder at 7.15pm, police said.

The man received first aid at the scene and has been taken to hospital by paramedics.

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Firefighters helped several people who were inside the building on Skelton Road, Newham, E7, to safety via a ladder, while the police attempted to engage with the man.

None of these people were hurt.

A Met Police spokesperson said: “We await an assessment of [the man’s] condition.

“As is routine in circumstances where a person has sustained an injury during a police operation, the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed.”

The incident occurred on Dame Cressida Dick’s final day in her role as Metropolitan Police commissioner.

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During her tenure since 2017, the number of crimes in the capital rose by 17%, before dipping down to 743,62 in 2020/21 due to the Covid-19 lockdowns.

While assualts on police officers rose by 2% nationally between 2018/19 and 2019/20, with the Met suffering the highest number - more than 2,500 - assualts on officers.