Police Officer stabbed to death in Luton 11/06/07

Sorry if this is posted elsewhere, i did have a quick check.


Police officer stabbed to death

Part of the town centre has been cordoned off

Scene of stabbing
A 36-year-old police officer has died and another man is in a serious condition after a triple stabbing.
The officer is believed to have been responding to an attack on a window cleaner in George Street, Luton.

The police officer died at Luton and Dunstable Hospital where two other victims are being treated.

Officers used a baton round and Taser electric stun gun to restrain the knifeman. A man has been arrested on suspicion on murder.

One of the injured men, a 55-year-old Luton man, was said to be in a serious but stable condition.

Police have not given details of the second man but said he was also being treated in hospital.

It was not known if the dead officer had been wearing a stab vest, although police spokesman Des Lawless said all officers were issued with the protective clothing and it was their choice whether or not to wear it.

Mr Lawless said colleagues had been left shocked by the killing.

He said: "There was a low mood among the police officers.

"They know they face these dangers every day of their career but we all hope nothing like this will ever happen.

"I don't remember a police officer dying in these circumstances during my service and I have been here for more than 40 years."

Home Secretary John Reid said he was "deeply saddened" by the death.

He added: "Such events highlight the dangers that police officers face every day on the front line protecting the public.

"This is a tragic event and I offer my deepest sympathy to the officer's family, friends and colleagues."
Heartfelt condolences to the Officer's friends and family.

To be honest, im glad i moved out of Luton when i did! I would say its not far behind South London in terms or gangs and violence.
My sincere condolences to family and friends.

my thoughts and prayers go to the family at this tragic time

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