Police outside the New Square shopping centre following the shocking incident today
Chief Superintendent Ian Green, from Sandwell Police, said: ‘Fortunately both officers received minor injuries but are understandably shaken by today’s incident as I’m sure other officers and staff are, as well as our communities.
‘We had special powers authorised to carry out additional patrols in West Bromwich town centre as a result of an increase in violence in recent days, as our priority is keeping you safe.
‘We continue to keep doing all we can to reassure our communities and stop people who think it’s acceptable to carry weapons, or use them. There will be increased patrols in the area and the Section 60 powers will be continuing until 10pm this evening. We’ll share the details later on social media.
‘A CCTV trawl is being carried out and a number of witnesses are being spoken to. We will support our colleagues throughout their recovery – and others affected by what has happened this morning – and the pending investigation.’
A heavy police presence quickly flooded the area after the officers were attacked
A statement from the centre read: ‘A serious incident has taken place this morning at the shopping centre which resulted In two police officers being injured.
‘The men involved were arrested at the scene and the police officers are currently receiving medical treatment.
‘We are now assisting West Midlands Police in their investigation and we will give further updates once we’re able.’
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