Man charged with attempted murder over PC attack

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Image caption A police officer was slashed with a knife in Westmorland Avenue, Cleveleys, Lancashire Constabulary said

A man has been charged with attempted murder after a police officer was slashed with a knife during a routine vehicle check.

The officer was attacked after stopping a Peugeot van in Westmorland Avenue, Cleveleys on 2 November last year, Lancashire Constabulary said.

He suffered injuries to his torso and face.

William Ashton, 39, of Briarwood Drive, Blackpool, is due to appear before Blackpool Magistrates' Court.

He has also been charged with two counts of possession of an offensive weapon and affray.

The injured officer, 47, from the Immediate Response Team based in Fleetwood, has "recovered physically" and is expected to return to work soon, police said.

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