A knife-wielding teenager injured two police officers before being arrested in a scuffle in south-east London.
A team of three officers were stationed in a fully marked police vehicle in Farmfield Road, Downham, when they spotted two teenagers who matched the description of suspects involved in an attempted burglary that happened nearby about 15 minutes earlier.
An 18-year-old male and a 14-year-old male were detained for the purpose of a search when the latter made off on foot.
The first suspect then began struggling with police and injured a male officer and a female officer in the process. The male officer's hand was slashed by a knife during the struggle.
The officers, both attached to the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command, were treated for their injuries at a South London custody suite. Neither required hospital treatment.
The 18-year-old was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon, possession with intent to supply a Class A drug, and grievous bodily harm. He was taken to a south London police station where he remains in custody.
Officers carried out a search warrant at an address in Bromley where they located the 14-year-old. He was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class A drug and possession with intent to supply a Class B drug. He was taken to a south London police station where he remains in custody.
Officers from Lewisham are investigating. Enquiries continue.
Temporary chief superintendent Robert Revill, of the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command, said: "This incident is a reminder of the dangers that police officers face on a daily basis while carrying out their duties protecting Londoners.
"Policing is by its very nature unpredictable - however no officer should be subject to such a violent attack."