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Last Updated: Thursday, 5 August, 2004, 15:41 GMT 16:41 UK
Man charged over sword attack
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Officers had been called to a block of flats
A man has been charged over an incident in which a police officer was allegedly slashed with a samurai sword.

The constable suffered a wound to his hand in the incident in the Gorgie area of Edinburgh on Thursday morning.

A police spokeswoman said: "A 40-year-old man has been charged in connection with an assault on a police officer." He is due to appear in court on Friday.

Police had been called to flats in Wardlaw Place at about 0345 BST after reports of a disturbance.

Shield face

Shortly before 0530 BST, a man appeared at the door of a flat waving a samurai sword.

One of the officers was slashed on his hand when he attempted to shield his face.

Police said the constable's injuries were serious, but not life-threatening.

He was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary before being transferred to St John's hospital in Livingston for surgery.

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