Police Officer Nearly Loses Hand in Deadly Sword Attack in London

A sword attack in Hainault, London leaves a 14-year-old dead, 4 injured, and 2 police officers seriously wounded, prompting calls for tighter regulations on swords and long knives.

Shivani Chauhan
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Police Officer Nearly Loses Hand in Deadly Sword Attack in London

Police Officer Nearly Loses Hand in Deadly Sword Attack in London

A police officer nearly lost her hand in a sword attack that killed a 14-year-old boy and injured four others in Hainault, north-east London on Tuesday. The attack began just before 7 am when a van drove into a house near Hainault Tube station, apparently hitting a pedestrian.

Witnesses described the chaos as a man wielding a samurai-style sword went on a rampage. Video footage showed the suspect, a 36-year-old man wearing a yellow sweater, walking on the roofs of low-rise homes in the residential area. Police officers yelled at him to "Drop your sword" and warned residents to "lock your doors."

Two police officers were seriously injured responding to the incident. According to Metropolitan Police Commissioner Mark Rowley, one male officer sustained severe injuries to his hand, while a female colleague underwent hours of surgery for "horrifically serious" wounds to her arm. Rowley stated the officers detained the suspect after 22 minutes, emphasizing their bravery in running towards the danger.

Why this matters: The tragic attack has left the Hainault community reeling and prompted calls for the government to ban swords and long knives, which are easy to obtain online with little age verification. It also highlights the risks faced by police officers who put their lives on the line to protect the public.

The suspect was Tasered and then arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder. His condition meant he had not been interviewed yet. Chief Superintendent Stuart Bell described the events as "truly horrific" and said the attack was not believed to be targeted or terror-related. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and London Mayor Sadiq Khan condemned the violence and praised the bravery of the police.

Key Takeaways

  • Police officer nearly lost hand in sword attack in Hainault, London.
  • Attack killed a 14-year-old boy and injured 4 others, suspect arrested.
  • Two police officers seriously injured, one with "horrifically serious" wounds.
  • Incident prompts calls to ban swords and long knives sold online.
  • Prime Minister and Mayor condemn violence, praise police bravery.