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Two police officers have been taken to hospital after allegedly being assaulted at a shopping centre in West Bromwich.
New Square Shopping Centre confirmed arrests had been made following the dramatic episode at the retail complex, which reports suggest was a stabbing.
A witness said one of the male officers suffered a 'bad injury to his neck', BirminghamLive reports.
Two men, aged 41 and 37, and a 31-year-old woman, were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after two officers were 'slashed'.
Pictures from the scene show police surrounding what appears to be an officer receiving medical attention on the floor.
Remnants of a police officer's uniform, including their vest and helmet, were left on the ground as police cordoned off the area.
Police say there will be increased patrols in the area
Emergency services were called to the shopping centre at around 10am and an air ambulance reportedly landed nearby.
A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: "Two police officers have received treatment from the ambulance service following an incident in West Bromwich this morning.
"West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call from West Midlands Police at 11.42am to reports of two police officers who had been assaulted in New Square Shopping Centre, West Bromwich.
Emergency services were called to the shopping centre
"An ambulance, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with medics on board attended the scene."
The ambulance service added that the two male officers sustained 'non-serious injuries'.
They were treated at the scene before being taken to hospital by ambulance for the further checks.
The shopping centre confirmed arrests have been made
An eyewitness told BirminghamLive: "It was terrible, saw one copper with what looked like a bad injury to his neck.
"I'm glad there were arrests. I felt sorry for the little children who were scared, it was awful for them to see."
Shops were put on lockdown during the incident this morning, with some panicked customers saying there was a bomb.
Armed police descended on the scene during the incident
Emergency services were called to the shopping centre at around 10am
Another witness said: "Very scary in Primark. Everyone ran to the back of the shop and someone shouted there was a bomb.
"No one knew what was happening and we got locked in for a few minutes."
One woman added: "My mom and sister were by the incident and managed to get into Card Factory who locked the doors."
A Section 60 giving officers extra powers to carry out additional stop checks was granted earlier today for parts of West Bromwich town centre.
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An officer suffered an injury to his neck, one witness said
Chief Superintendent Ian Green, from Sandwell Police, said: "Fortunately both officers received minor injuries but are understandably shaken by today’s incident as I’m sure other officers and staff are, as well as our communities.
"We had special powers authorised to carry out additional patrols in West Bromwich town centre as a result of an increase in violence in recent days, as our priority is keeping you safe.
"We continue to keep doing all we can to reassure our communities and stop people who think it’s acceptable to carry weapons, or use them.
"There will be increased patrols in the area and the Section 60 powers will be continuing until 10pm this evening. We’ll share the details later on social media."
He added: “A CCTV trawl is being carried out and a number of witnesses are being spoken to.
“We will support our colleagues throughout their recovery – and others affected by what has happened this morning – and the pending investigation.”