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Three arrested after police officers ‘slashed’ at shopping centre

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Footage from New Square Shopping Centre in West Bromwich shows several officers detaining a suspect on the ground (Picture: Aram Khader)

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after two police officers were ‘slashed’ at a shopping centre.

The officers were patrolling New Square shopping centre in West Bromwich when they noticed two people acting suspiciously.

When they approached the two men, they became aggressive and launched an attack, West Midlands Police said.

A force spokesperson said: ‘They have received slash injuries which are not thought to be serious and have been taken to hospital to be checked over. 

‘Two men, aged 41 and 37, and a 31-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.’ 

Footage posted on social media shows several officers detaining a suspect on the ground.

One witness said the incident unfolded in front of children, and they claimed an officer’s neck was badly injured.

‘It was terrible, saw one copper with what looked like a bad injury to his neck,’ they told Birmingham Live.

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Police detain suspect after 'serious incident' at West Bromwich shopping centre

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‘I’m glad there were arrests. I felt sorry for the little children who were scared, it was awful for them to see.’

Bosses at the New Square complex said there had been a ‘serious incident’ earlier today.

In a statement, the shopping centre said: ‘A serious incident has taken place this morning at the shopping centre which resulted In two police officers being injured.

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West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed the officers were assaulted at the shopping centre (Picture: Aram Khader)
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Many people were seen detaining the suspects along with uniformed officers (Picture: Aram Khader)

‘The men involved were arrested at the scene and the police officers are currently receiving medical treatment.

‘We are now assisting West Midlands Police in their investigation and we will give further updates once we’re able.’

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman added: ‘Ambulance crews arrived to find two male police officers with non-serious injuries.

‘They were given treatment on scene before being conveyed to hospital by land ambulance for further checks.’

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