Man arrested for attempted murder of police officer seriously injured by burns

The police officer was seriously injured and sustained a number of burns to his arms and legs following the assault in Newquay, Cornwall, at around 10.20am on Friday

A 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of the attempted murder of a police officer who was severely burned in Newquay, Cornwall.

The officer was seriously injured and sustained a number of burns to his arms and legs following the assault at around 10.20am on Friday.

He was airlifted to to Royal Cornwall Hospital with severe injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening, Cornwall Live reports.

The arrested man remains in police custody.

Chief Superintendent Ian Drummond-Smith, Police Commander for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, said: “Police were called to assist bailiffs who were doing an eviction on private land.

“One of the officers sustained significant burn injuries from fire.

“A male was arrested at the scene for the attempted murder of an officer.

“We would like to thank the members of the public at the scene and their swift response in assisting the officers there, the fire service and the ambulance service including the air ambulance who turn up very quickly to assist.

“I personally would like to thank and commend my officers who turned up in great numbers from all around the county very quickly. Without a doubt some of their quick actions saved the injured officer’s life.”

He added the injured officer is 51-years-old and a ‘very respected’ duty officer who is ‘well known in the area’.

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: “Police were called to Trevenson Road, Newquay at around 10.20am today following reports of a male behaving aggressively.

“Whilst at the scene an officer has been assaulted and sustained a number of burns to his arms and legs – the officer has severe injuries but they are not currently believed to be life-threatening.

“He has been taken to Treliske hospital (Royal Cornwall Hospital) by air ambulance and his next of kin have been informed.

“A 30-year-old man, from Newquay, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder of a police officer and remains in police custody at this time.

“Emergency services remain at the scene at this time.”