A POLICE officer has been stabbed in the back while on patrol near a children’s playground in Portsmouth.
The cop was rushed to hospital following the broad daylight attack at 12.20pm today.
Surrounding roads and a nearby playground were placed on lockdown and residents told to stay indoors.
Up to eight police cars rushed to the scene in Stamshaw Park this afternoon.
Hampshire Police said a man has been arrested over the attack.
A force spokesman added: “We can confirm that a police officer has been stabbed in the back in Stamshaw Park at around 12.20pm today, whilst on patrol in Stamshaw Park.
“He has been taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. His next of kin have been informed.
“We do not believe there is any wider risk to the community at this time.
“A man has been arrested and is currently in police custody.”