A 60-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after two police officers were stabbed in Princetown, Dartmoor, in the early hours of Friday morning.

Devon and Cornwall Police were called to a report of an assault at an address in Burrator Avenue at around 11.55pm on Thursday 8 July.

The force said a male suspect was said to have left the scene and officers subsequently carried out enquiries to locate him.  

While in Burrator Avenue at around 3am, two male officers encountered a suspect and sustained a number of stab and laceration wounds, according to a statement released by the police.

Their injuries are not currently believed to be life-threatening and one officer has been discharged from hospital.

The force said a local 60-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in police custody at this time.

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."