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Kingsbridge siege police officers 'doing well'

Police officer being helped to an ambulance
Image caption One of the injured officers is helped to an ambulance

Two police officers who were injured when they were attacked with a power tool are "doing well" in hospital.

The officers were attacked with an angle grinder after they were called to a flat in Retreat Close, Kingsbridge, at about 16:30 BST on Wednesday.

Both officers suffered arm injuries and one was operated on in hospital.

A 53-year-old man, named locally as Stephen Yabsley, was arrested on suspicion of assault.

Image caption A stand-off lasted for about four hours before a man was arrested
Image caption The area around Retreat Close was sealed off by police

Two police officers were injured in the hallway of the flats and the area was evacuated, said police.

The stand-off ended at about 20:30 BST after armed police entered a flat.

Police spokesman Dan Mountain said the officer who was operated on at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth was in a "comfortable" condition.

Police colleagues of the injured officers and other well-wishers have posted a number of messages on social media.

Image caption Neighbours watched as armed police carried out negotiations with a man in Retreat Close

Mr Mountain said: "It's heartening to see that people are interested in the fact that officers were injured and most have been extremely nice for us to see."

Inspector Adrian Leask tweeted: "Spoken with both injured #Kingsbridge officers this morning. Both are extremely grateful for all messages of support, prayers and thoughts."

Supt Glen Mayhew tweeted: "Visited both officers in hospital who are doing well. So proud of the bravery & professionalism displayed by them & their colleagues."

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