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Man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder of police officer in Essex

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following a serious assault on a police officer in Canvey Island.

Essex police said one of its officer was taken to hospital after suffering injuries to his neck after being attacked on Saturday morning.

The officer had been attending an incident in First Avenue after police were called at about 4am to reports from residents of a disturbance.

A 45-year-old man was held on suspicion of attempted murder and remained in custody on Saturday afternoon.

The force said a cordon had been put in place at the scene and officers would remain in the area to continue enquiries.

Detective Chief Superintendent Andrew Waldie, of Essex Police, said: “We are taking this assault extremely seriously and it is totally unacceptable one of our officers had their life put in danger whilst trying to keep the public safe.

“I’m pleased to say the officer has been discharged from hospital and we are supporting him whilst he recovers.

“The arrested man remains in custody and we reassure the public that there is no risk as a result of this incident.”

Essex Police is appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the alleged assault or have any CCTV or camera doorbell footage to contact the force quoting incident number 192 of 4 November.

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