OFFICERS injured in the knife attack in Ealing Broadway have been touched by gifts and messages of support they have received.
They received about 100 phone messages from Ealing residents, politicians and other police forces within the first two days of the stabbings on Wednesday December 15. And about 30 cards commending the injured officers' bravery and wishing them a speedy recovery were sent to police stations along with gifts of flowers, chocolates and wine.
Members of the public also contributed to a collections within police stations.
Many of the messages were directed to the most seriously injured officer, PC Paul Mason, who, despite receiving life-threatening wounds, was sent home hospital last Tuesday (21) and is expected to make a full recovery.
Borough Commander Andy Rowell said the injured officers and their families had been touched by the response. He added that residents had come forward to help and offer vital information about what they saw at the scene.
He said: “I just want to say a big thank you from me, my team and the injured officers and their families for the huge amount of support and help we have received from members of the public. This includes those at the scene who stopped to offer what help they could.”
He also praised the medics who treated the officers, without whom PC Mason could have died. And added: “This is not a everyday experience for Londoner's and police officers and we must remember that incidents such as these are extremely rare.”