Netizen 24 GBR: Police Scotland chief praises hero Greenock cops after stabbing incident

By On June 01, 2018

Police Scotland chief praises hero Greenock cops after stabbing incident

A top cop yesterday said he was “blown away” by the courage of two officers who were left with serious knife wounds after being stabbed in the street.

Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins spoke out after visiting Pc Kenny Mackenzie, 43, Pc Laura Sayer, 39, in hospital.

He said: “I spoke to both officers. They were in remarkable good spirits.

Forensic officers from Police Scotland were on the scene soon after the incident to investigate

“I’m blown away by the courage of them. I was actually very moved and proud to speak with them.”

Pc Mackenzie was knifed in the neck and Pc Sayer, who had only been in the job for six months, slashed on the arm as they grappled with the attacker in a Greenock street.

The Record understands the officers were called out to assist a doctor who was visiting a man with mental health problems at a house on the town’s Gateside Gardens.

Police officers stand in Gateside Gardens, Greenock after the incident yesterday morning

Several backup teams, including three riot vans and several police cars, were scrambled to the scene when the man turned a weapon on the police officers at about 8.45am.

Six officers were required to wrestle the alleged knifeman to the ground.

A knife was seen being removed by forensics from nearby Grieve Road yesterday, along with a training shoe and an item of clothing lying on the road.

Pc Kenny MacKenzie has served in the police for nine years and remains in a serious conditions

Police sealed off several streets around the scene as inquiries were carried out and later confirmed a 43-year-old man had been arrested.

Pc McKenzie was being treated for a serious neck injury at the Queen Eli zabeth University Hospital after being transferred from Inverclyde Royal Hospital yesterday.

Pc Sayer, who is understood to have just started her probation with the police, was being treated for an upper arm injury in Inverclyde.

Their alleged attacker was also being treated in hospital for minor injuries .

A source said: “The alleged perpetrator has mental health problems and demanded a doctor visit him at his home. The doctor refused to go without police.

“The male officer was struck near an artery and lost a lot of blood.”

Pc Laura Sayer is still in a serious condition following the attack in Greenock yesterday

It’s understood the alleged attacker was knocked down by back-up colleagues scrambled to the scene in a car as he tried to flee the scene.

A police source said his colleagues were in a “pretty bad way”. They added: “Kenny has been a cop for about five or six years but La ura is quite new to the job.

“While this type of incident would’ve come as a surprise to any officer, it’ll have been a huge shock to her.

“The next two officers called to the scene saw the attacker trying to escape as they got there, they gave chase in the car and ran him over before detaining him.

Police spring into action during the chaos on the streets of Greenock that saw two officers injured

“Everyone is thinking of them and hoping for the best for them.

“We know it’s a dangerous job but you don’t think when you leave the house in the morning you’re going to come home with life-changing injuries.”

Residents of the usually quiet area told of their shock at watching the incident unfold yesterday.

Alexander Hamilton, 63, who lives nearby, said: “I saw a couple of police officers running. One of them, a woman, had a bandage on her arm above the elbow.”

Eyewitness Alexander Hamilton, who lives nearby, saw the drama unfold

Assistant Chief Constable Higgins said his thoughts were with the injured officers and their families, adding: “I’d like to take this opportunity to publicly praise the incredible bravery shown by these two officers during the extremely difficult situation they faced.”

“They have been seriously injured going about their daily duties and both they and their colleagues have demonstrated courage and the utmost professionalism both during and after this incident.

“They receive the thanks and support of everyone at Police Scotland.

“This incident demonstrates the commitment of our officers to keep our communities safe.

“I’d also like to reassure the public a major investigation is under way into this incident and high-visibility patrols are being carried out in the local area.”

Assistant Chief Constable Bern ard Higgins prasied the incredible bravery shown by the two injured officers

Police said the incident was not terror-related and there is no risk to the wider public.

Meanwhile, colleagues praised the “incredible bravery” of the two officers yesterday.

Deputy Chief Constable Iain Livingstone, interim chief constable at Police Scotland, tweeted: “Incredible bravery from police officers in Greenock this morning. All of @policescotland officers and staff thinking of them and their families..”

Andrea MacDonald, of the Scottish Police Federation, said: “Our thoughts are with the injured officers and their families. Once again we see how difficult and dangerous a job it is.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: “My thoughts and best wishes for a full recovery are with the two police officers injured on duty in Greenock today.”

Source: Google News

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