Three teenage boys have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after an off-duty female Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) was stabbed in what detectives have 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 a face mask, who stabbed her in the arm.
The victim was wearing part of her PCSO uniform at the time. Detectives believe she was deliberately targeted, because of her connections with the police.
The incident occurred on Tuesday afternoon in Old Church Path, Esher.
She was taken to hospital with serious injuries. The suspect fled the scene in the direction of Esher Park Avenue.
He was described as being white, aged 14 to 15 and of slim build.
Det Insp Gareth Hicks, of Surrey Police, who is investigating the incident, said on Tuesday: “We do not believe this to be a terror-related incident, but we do believe this was a targeted attack as the PCSO was wearing parts of her uniform at the time.
“We would like to speak to anyone who may have seen someone matching the suspect’s description or witnessed three young men on a moped in the areas of Esher and Claygate between 1.30 and 3.50pm this afternoon.
“I would urge anyone who may have witnessed something, no matter how insignificant, to contact us as soon as they are able.”
Three teenagers – two 15-year-old boys and a 14-year-old boy – were arrested in Claygate a short time later on suspicion of attempted murder and were being questioned in connection with the attack.