Cop hurt after being slashed by machete as armed police rush to scene

A POLICE officer is injured after being slashed by a machete-wielding man.

Armed cops raced to the scene in the Forest Gate area of East London shortly after midday following the broad daylight attack.

Officers were called to Skelton Road to reports of a man armed with a knife.

When they intervened, one was cut across his arm and was taken to hospital for treatment, though his condition is not life-threatening.

His colleagues remain on the scene to try to engage with the knifeman.

Dramatic footage shows at least 10 police vehicles lined up along the street, with the whole area taped off.

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Paramedics from the London Ambulance Service are also in attendance.

A spokesperson for the Met Police said: "At approximately 11.50am on Sunday, April 10, police were called to reports of a man armed with a machete suffering a mental health crisis at an address in Skelton Road, E7.

"Officers attended – one officer received a slash injury to his arm and has been taken to hospital for treatment.

"His condition is not life threatening.

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"Officers remain on scene and are attempting to engage with the man.

"The incident remains ongoing at this time."

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