Police officer seriously burnt and man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in Newquay

A police officer has been airlifted to hospital with severe burns after he was attacked in Cornwall.

A man, 30, has been arrested on suspicion of attempting to murder a police officer following the incident in Newquay.

Officers were called to Trevenson Road at 10.20am on Friday following reports of a “male behaving aggressively”, Devon and Cornwall police said.

While at the scene, an officer was assaulted and sustained “a number of burns to his arms and legs”.

A spokesman for the force said his injuries were severe but not believed to be life-threatening.

“He has been taken to Treliske hospital by air ambulance and his next of kin have been informed,” the spokesman said.

“A 30-year-old man, from Newquay, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder of a police officer and remains in police custody at this time.”

Crime and policing minister Kit Malthouse tweeted: “All thoughts with this brave officer and his family. Swift and certain justice must follow for the perpetrator.”

Emergency services remained at the scene on Friday afternoon.

Chief Superintendent Ian Drummond-Smith, police commander for Cornwall, tweeted: “Very serious incident. My thoughts with our officer.”

Speaking to reporters at the scene, Chief Supt Drummond-Smith said police had been called to assist bailiffs who were carrying out an eviction on private land.

He said an officer, aged 51 and a British Army veteran, had suffered “significant injuries” from fire during the incident.

He commended police officers who “turned up in great numbers from all around the county, very quickly”, saying that “without a doubt, some of their actions saved the injured officer’s life”.

“The injured officer is a Newquay officer. He’s a very well-known and very well-respected officer from the town,” he told reporters.

“He has sustained significant injury but I am pleased to say it’s not life-threatening. He is conscious, he is sat up in his hospital bed and he’s talking to us on the telephone.

“He is in good spirits.”

The police commander said the incident demonstrated “the bravery of police officers up and down the country”.

Several emergency services vehicles were seen attending the scene near Newquay Tretherras School.

The incident is not believed to be related to the school.