Two police officers stabbed in central London

London: London’s police force says two officers have been hospitalised after being stabbed in central London early Friday.

The Metropolitan Police force says officers “encountered a man with a knife” in the Leicester Square area, a busy tourist hub, about 6am local time (3pm AEST)

The force says both officers are in the hospital and it is awaiting updates on their conditions.

Video posted on social media showed the busy square cordoned off with a large police presence.

A man was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and assaulting an emergency worker. He is also in the hospital. Police say a Taser was used during the arrest.

London mayor Sadiq Khan described the attack as “utterly appalling”.

“Our police officers run towards danger to protect others and keep us safe and we owe them a huge debt of gratitude,” he posted on Twitter.

Police say they are investigating the circumstances around the incident. It comes as London is flooded with mourners for Queen Elizabeth II’s lying-in-state, but the stabbing did not occur near any commemorative sites.

More to come.

AP

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