Three teenagers suspected of attempted murder have been arrested after an off-duty Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) was stabbed in what detectives described as a “targeted attack”.
The officer had just left work at a police station in Esher, Surrey, and was walking home when she was approached by a youth wearing a hooded top and face mask, who stabbed her to the arm.
The victim was wearing part of his PCSO uniform at the time. Detectives believe she was deliberately targeted, due to her connections to the police.
The incident happened on Tuesday afternoon at Old Church Path, Esher.
She was taken to hospital with serious injuries. The suspect fled towards Esher Park Avenue.
He was described as white, 14 to 15 years old, and of slim build.
Call of witnesses
Detective Inspector Gareth Hicks of Surrey Police, who is investigating the incident, said on Tuesday: ‘We don’t believe this is a terrorism related incident but we believe it this was a targeted attack as the PCSO wore parts of her uniform at the time.
“We would like to speak to anyone who saw anyone matching the suspect’s description or saw three young men on a moped in the Esher and Claygate areas between 1:30 and 3:50 p.m. this afternoon.
“I urge anyone who has witnessed something, no matter how insignificant, to contact us as soon as they can.”
Three teenagers – two 15-year-old boys and a 14-year-old boy – were arrested in Claygate shortly afterwards on suspicion of attempted murder and were questioned in connection with the attack.