Detectives are appealing for information and witnesses after a police officer was stabbed whilst on duty in Bow, last night, Tuesday, 22 November.
The plain clothes officer, who is attached to a Specialist Crime and Operations Unit, was deployed on a pre-planned operation.
At approximately 21:22hrs, he was attacked in an alleyway near the Bow Bells Pub, in Bow Road, E3, by a group of four youths resulting in the officer suffering three stab wounds.
The group of youths was made up of three boys and one girl, said to be aged in their late teens.
At this early stage, it is not believed that the youths knew that the person they attacked was a police officer, and that they may have been out socialising in the area prior to the attack.
After attacking the officer, the group of four ran off. They may have been involved in another incident nearby, outside Devons Road DLR Station, where they threatened a motorist with a knife. He managed to drive off and reported the incident to police.
The London Air Ambulance and London Ambulance Service were called and the officer, aged in his 40s, was taken to an east London hospital where he remains in a non-life threatening condition.
The investigation is being carried by detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command.
Temporary Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Richard Martin, from Specialist Crime and Operations, said: “Fortunately, the officer is recovering well in hospital, as his injuries could have been a lot worse.
“I’d like to appeal for any information or witnesses to the attack that took place. If you saw or heard anything that may help us catch the people responsible then please get in touch.”
Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
A 17-year-old boy was arrested later that evening in the area on suspicion of attempted murder. He remains in police custody.
This incident is not being treated as terrorist related.