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Croydon police constable stabbing: Three men arrested

A policeman has been stabbed several times on patrol in south London.

Pc Nigel Albuery was in an unmarked car when he and a colleague stopped a group of teenagers in Bute Road, Croydon, at 2145 BST on Thursday. One of them then attacked him.

The officer, 34, is in a serious condition in hospital but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, police said.

Three 18-year-old men were arrested over the attack and remain in custody.

Pc Albuery, who works with the Safer Neighbourhoods Team in Broad Green, was on a routine plain-clothes patrol with a colleague when he was attacked during the stop-and-search.

'Shocked and concerned'

The officer accompanying him was not injured.

Borough commander Adrian Roberts said: "Last night a working police officer was stabbed several times whilst in the line of duty.

"I and my officers are shocked and concerned that this has happened but are determined to continue to deliver a professional service to the community of Croydon borough.

"It is important to remember that this is an isolated incident.

"Local officers have been tasked with increased patrols in the area to reassure the public, and we have spoken with our partners so that the community can share their concerns."

London Mayor Boris Johnson said the stabbing was "deeply shocking and it reminds us of what an incredible job [the police] do".

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