Two police officers have been taken to hospital after the attack in Princetown, Devon
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A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after two police officers were stabbed while on duty.
The attack occurred in the village of Princetown in Dartmoor, Devon, in the early hours of today with a knife seized at the scene, police confirmed.
Devon and Cornwall constabulary said a 60-year-old man has been arrested following the incident at around 3am in Burrator Avenue.
It added the patients' injuries – which include a number of "stab and laceration wounds" – are not currently believed to be life-threatening.
One has already been discharged after being treated for wounds to his arms while the other remains in hospital having suffered injuries to his face and arms.
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Forensics officers are at the scene this morning
(Image: Devon Live)
PlymouthLive reports the officers were rushed to Derriford Hospital following the attack.
A photo shows the street having been cordoned off.
One resident said they were alerted to the incident in the early hours by lots of police vehicles using sirens and blue lights.
They added: "I've a mate who lives in the road and he texted me saying 'it's all kicking off outside'."
The attack occurred around 3am on Friday
(Image: Devon Live)
A police spokesperson said: "A 60-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after two police officers sustained stab wounds in Princetown in the early hours of this morning [Friday 9 July].
"Officers were called to a report of an assault at an address in Burrator Avenue at around 11.55pm on Thursday 8 July.
"A male suspect was said to have left the scene and officers subsequently carried out enquiries to locate him.
The officers are understood to be being treated at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth
"While in Burrator Avenue at around 3am, two male police officers encountered a suspect and sustained a number of stab and laceration wounds.
"Their injuries are not currently believed to be life-threatening.
"One officer sustained injuries to his arms and has been discharged from hospital.
"The other remains in hospital where he is receiving treatment for injuries to his face and arms.
"A 60-year-old local man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in police custody at this time.
"A knife was seized at the scene.
"A cordon remains in place at the scene and residents can expect to see an increased police presence in the area while the investigation, including house-to-house enquiries, continues."
Alison Hernandez, Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said: "My thoughts are with the injured officers and their families and I wish them a speedy recovery.
"The level of violent crime, including the use of bladed weapons, is of national concern. While Devon and Cornwall Police has the fourth lowest level of knife incidents of 43 forces, every case is one too many.
"That is why we are working with partners in the region on a new serious violence prevention approach. I also welcome the Government’s proposals to increase sentences for those who assault emergency services workers through the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill."