AN ARMED robber stabbed a police officer so many times that the knife snapped.

The stabbing happened when police responded to an armed robbery in Wigan around 10pm on Sunday, October 7.

Within minutes, officers arrived at the scene of the robbery at a convenience shop in Gidlow Lane.

One of the suspects fled when he saw the officers arriving but an officer gave chase on foot and caught the man a short distance away.

The officer, in his 40s, struggled with the suspected robber as he tried to detain him and place him under arrest.

But the suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed the officer repeatedly, and with such force, that the knife snapped.

Fortunately, the officer was wearing body armour and only suffered minor injuries to his arm.

A 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of section 18 assault and robbery.

He remains in custody for questioning.

The officer has been commended for his bravery after the frenzied knife attack.

Detective Sergeant Chris Broad, of GMP’s Wigan borough, said: “Officers are often faced with danger when they are responding to incidents, standing in harm’s way to protect the public.

“He was taken to hospital for treatment but is now recovering at home and we wish him a speedy recovery.

“We have launched a full investigation into this incident and enquiries are ongoing.

"I would urge anyone with any information to get in touch as soon as possible.”

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins, added: "I am appalled by this abhorrent attack on one of my officers who was simply attempting to exercise his duty and keep the people of Greater Manchester safe.

“Thankfully, his injuries were not as significant or serious as they could have been, which is a credit to his bravery, the assistance of his colleagues and undoubtedly his body armour.

“The actions of both police officers were outstanding and are a testimony to what officers and staff across Greater Manchester do to protect the public."

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 7967 quoting reference number 2238 of 07/10/2018, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.