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Protection officer hurt near Tony Blair's home

Scene of the incident Image copyright Will Sailsbury, @William Mansell
Image caption The officer was treated for a deep cut to his arm

A police officer has been injured while trying to stop someone from stealing a mobile phone near former prime minister Tony Blair's central London home.

The officer from the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command was hurt as he tried to stop a man on a moped carrying out the theft.

The Met said the officer jumped at the suspected robber as he sped on his bike towards him on Tuesday afternoon.

The rider knocked the officer down in the process of fleeing, said the force.

London Ambulance Service attended the scene and the officer was taken to a central London hospital to have stitches for a deep cut on his arm.

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