A police officer has been stabbed as she attempted to arrest two teenagers who were trying to rob a grocery store in central London.
Two officers were in Chapter Street, Pimlico, when they witnessed two men armed with knives attempting to rob the store shortly after 3.40pm on Sunday, the Metropolitan Police said.
The shopkeeper had managed to push the suspects, both believed to be 15 years old, out of the store and the officers then tried to detain them.
As they challenged the men, one of the officers was stabbed in the stomach but continued to chase the suspects along Vauxhall Bridge Road, police said.
The suspects were arrested shortly afterwards with the help of firearms officers.
The injured officer was taken to hospital, police said, and her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
Chief Inspector Simon Brooker said: “This shows precisely the kind of danger officers face every single day as they work to keep the public safe.
“For this officer to be stabbed on duty is unacceptable but, fortunately, she does not appear to be seriously injured.
“I applaud her bravery in responding to this call. This courage is typical of Met officers as they go about their duties.”
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “My thoughts and prayers are with this brave police officer who is receiving treatment in hospital after she was stabbed while on duty, intervening in a robbery, this afternoon.
“Every day our courageous police officers put themselves in harm’s way to keep Londoners safe. I am sure all Londoners will join me in wishing her a speedy recovery.
“Attacks on our police are utterly unacceptable and perpetrators will feel the full force of the law.”
Councillor Rachael Robathan, leader of Westminster City Council, said she the incident was a “vivid reminder” of the dangers police officers face every day.
She said on Twitter: “Shocked by news of a policewoman being stabbed in Chapter Street @CityWestminster.
“Relieved she appear not to be seriously injured but a vivid reminder of the dangers police officers face every day keeping us safe.”