Two police officers and a social worker were stabbed while carrying out a child welfare check. So far three arrests have been made in connection with the shocking events.
The Metropolitan police have been able to confirm that a social worker was stabbed multiple times in a shocking event which also saw two police officers wounded in north London after they responded to a “concern for welfare” call.
According to the officers they were called to assist a social worker on Friday night, August 6, at Noel Park Road in London. The officers were refused entry to the property and shockingly the social worker was stabbed multiple times in the common area of the building. The police officers fought to restrain the attacker but received knife wounds too. All three people were rushed hospital. The police officers have since been discharged from hospital.
Chief Superintendent Treena Fleming, policing commander for Haringey and Enfield, spoke of the shocking events and said:
“Social workers play a vital role in ensuring that vulnerable people in our community, including children, are safe and protected.
“We have a very close working relationship with our local authority partners and their social services teams and I am appalled at this shocking attack. We will do all we can to ensure the person responsible is brought to justice. Our thoughts here at North Area are with the injured social worker and his family and we wish him a speedy recovery.
“I would also like to pay tribute to the two officers who came to the aid of the victim in this incident, sustaining knife wounds themselves as they did so. I’m pleased that they have been able to leave hospital and we will make sure they have our full support as they recover from what would have been a traumatic experience.
“This incident shows just how much of a threat knives pose to everyone in Haringey and across London. Tackling violent crime is the Met’s number one priority and the events of Friday evening only serve to strengthen our determination as we continue to take weapons off the streets and bring offenders to justice.”
The Leader of Haringey Council, Cllr Peray Ahmet, and the council’s Chief Executive, Zina Etheridge, have expressed admiration for the police officers. They said: “This is a shocking incident. Our first thoughts are with the social worker, the two police officers, their families and friends. We are so relieved to hear that everyone is expected to make a full recovery.
“Social workers do an incredibly important job. Their safety is of uppermost importance to us. This type of incident, while rare, is an important reminder that frontline staff across the public sector put themselves in harm’s way to do their jobs and we should all express our thanks and support for them as they do so.
“We also want to express our admiration and respect for the two police officers, who we understand sustained their injuries while protecting the social worker.
“Haringey Council will provide all the necessary support to him as he recovers from this traumatic incident and to our wider teams, who will of course be concerned by what has happened.”
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