A 16-year-old boy has been charged with the attempted murder of a police officer on Sunday.
Police Constable Sinnott was nearing the end of his career in the force and only had 24 days left before retirement, after serving close to 30 years in office.
His commanding officer, Commander Lucy D’Orsi, the head of policing in East London, tweeted:
— Lucy D’Orsi (@LucyDorsiMPS) November 16, 2015
The boy, who was also charged with possession of a bladed item, will appear in Snaresbrook Crown Court on December 1. No further arrests were made.
According to Scotland Yard, Sinott suffered “a serious stab injury to the abdomen” while on duty at around 11.30pm on Sunday night in Tower Hamlets and is in a ‘critical but stable condition.”
The attack happened after officers were called to a car park near Bunsen House, off Grove Road in Bow, following reports of anti-social behaviour. Six teenagers – said to include three girls – were involved.
Two officers attended the scene, responding to calls from residents. Around half an hour later, Sinnott was stabbed at least twice in the stomach and leg. He was then taken to a hospital in east London where he remains in a serious but stable condition.
“We will continue to support the police in their enquiries and to work with partners to keep our community safe for everyone who lives and works here,” said a Tower Hamlets Council spokesperson.
Scotland Yard say they do not believe the incident was linked to extremism or terrorist activity.
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