Man tasered after two police officers stabbed in Leicester Square

Leicester Square was cordoned off in the early hours of this morning

Leicester Square was cordoned off in the early hours of this morning

A police officer is reportedly seriously injured after being stabbed in central London early this morning.

The Metropolitan Police said two male officers were attacked in Leicester Square and both were injured and taken to hospital.

Video showed the busy square cordoned off with a large police presence.

The Metropolitan Police said: ‘On Friday, 16 September at around 6am police encountered a male with a knife in the area of Leicester Square.

‘Two officers received stab wounds and are currently being treated in hospital. We await further updates on their conditions.

‘Taser was deployed and male was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and assaulting an emergency worker.

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‘He was taken to a hospital for treatment where he remains at this time.

‘Enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the incident are ongoing.’

It comes during a massive police operation in London in preparation for the Queen’s funeral on Monday.

More than 10,000 officers are thought to be on duty in the capital at the moment, with huge crowds visiting to see the Queen lying-in-state in Westminster Hall.

World leaders will arrive this weekend for the funeral service on Monday, including US President Joe Biden and Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako.

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