Policeman airlifted to hospital with ‘life-changing’ burns after ‘attempted murder’

Devon and Cornwall Police say a 30-year-old man attacked the officer in Newquay, leaving him with severe burns to his arms and legs before being rushed to hospital

A police officer in Cornwall has been rushed to hospital after an attempted murder left him with serious burns.

Police were called to a road after a man was seen “behaving aggressively”.

Devon and Cornwall Police say a 30-year-old man was arrested following the shocking attack in Newquay.

A police cordon is still in place at the scene.

The officer was left with severe burns to his arms and legs.

It is unclear exactly what the nature of his burns are, but police have described them “life-changing”, CornwallLive reports.

Fortunately, his injuries aren’t thought to be life-threatening.

In a statement, the force said: “Police were called to Trevenson Road, Newquay, at around 10.20am today (Friday, September 11) following reports of a male behaving aggressively.

“While 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 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.”

Chief Superintendent Ian Drummond-Smith, Police Commander for Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly tweeted: Very serious incident. My thoughts are with our officer.

“Police officer airlifted to hospital with life-changing injuries.

“Male arrested for the attempted murder of officer.

“I will be in Newquay this afternoon to see team and speak with media.”

Conservative Home Secretary Priti Patel has already responded to the assault, writing on Twitter: “A truly appalling and unacceptable incident. My thoughts are with this brave officer and his loved ones at this time.”