Police officer stabbed in chest in Stalybridge

Sand Street, Stalybridge
Image caption The stabbing happened while the officer was helping with an arrest in Sand Street

A police officer has been stabbed in the chest in Greater Manchester.

The officer was attacked with a "knife or screwdriver" while helping bailiffs at a house in Sand Street, Stalybridge, at around 10:20 BST.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said the officer had been taken to hospital for treatment and his injuries were "not life-threatening".

A 39-year-old man and three women, aged 18, 22 and 41, have been arrested on suspicion of assault and affray.

Supt Neil Evans said the officer had been "extremely lucky" to escape serious injury as the "puncture wound was close to his neck".

He said the injured man was "making good progress" in hospital.

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