A POLICEMAN stabbed in the head and body in a machete attack is expected to make a full recovery.
The officer, 28, was attacked while trying to stop a vehicle suspected of having no insurance.
He managed to Taser the van driver, 56, despite being seriously injured in the ‘sudden and brutal’ assault.
The officer, who has not been named, was treated by police and paramedics after the attack in Leyton, east London, early yesterday morning. He was in a serious but stable condition last night.
Uber driver Muhammad Faisal, 31, who witnessed the aftermath, said: ‘We saw someone lying on the road, next to him was a police uniform.
‘They [police and paramedics] were providing assistance to his head. We didn’t see the wound but saw a lot of blood. I saw one officer holding a knife, a machete that was around a foot long.’
The alleged attacker, who did not require hospital treatment, has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and remains in custody.
His van was taken away for forensic examination.
Det Ch Supt Richard Tucker described the attack as ‘frenzied and unprovoked’ and said the officer was ‘seriously injured, but will make a recovery’.
He suffered a wound to the side of his head, which required stitches, and will have surgery on a hand injury, he added.
Metropolitan Police Federation chairman Ken Marsh said: ‘Sadly, yet again, a police officer has suffered a severe injury on duty. Enough is enough. Officers should be going home at the end of their shifts, not to hospital.’
Home secretary Priti Patel tweeted: ‘Horrified by the shocking stabbing of one of our brave officers. His courage in the face of danger shows how police put their lives on the line to protect us every day.’
London mayor Sadiq Khan wrote: ‘I am utterly appalled by this sickening attack. The men and women who serve in our police force are the best in the world, and their courage and dedication is inspiring.’
Recent crime figures by the Office for National Statistics show there were more than 30,000 assaults on officers in England and Wales in 2018/19, of which 10,399 were ‘assaults with injury’ — a 27 per cent rise on the previous year.
■ KNIFE crime offences committed by women and girls have risen by at least ten per cent in each of the last four years. There were 1,509 recorded in 2018, an increase of 73 per cent compared with 2014, according to police figures obtained by the BBC. In all, there were more than 5,800 recorded offences by women and girls between 2014 and 2018. Out of 38 police forces, the Met dealt with most, 916, followed by Merseyside Police with 499.