Page last updated at 14:15 GMT, Wednesday, 19 May 2010 15:15 UK

Policeman stabbed in Bracknell bookmakers robbery

A police officer has been stabbed in the stomach during a robbery at a bookmakers in Berkshire.

The incident happened at the Coral bookmakers in Liscombe, in the Birch Hill area, at about 1200 BST.

The officer, who was in plain clothes, was carrying out inquiries with a colleague at the bookmakers when the raid happened. He remains in hospital.

Thames Valley Police said a man was arrested at about 1340 BST following a search involving dogs and a helicopter.

'Serious condition'

Police said a man in his late 20s has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and attempted murder.

Ch Insp Simon Bowden, of Thames Valley Police, said: "This is a serious incident in which one of my local detectives was injured.

"We are liaising with the hospital, who describe his condition as serious but stable. He has been stabbed with a knife, causing injury to his abdomen area.

"Our colleagues in the major crime unit have launched a thorough investigation and will be dealing with the arrested man."

Extra police are on duty in the area. Officers urged anyone with information about the raid to come forward.



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