Newquay: Policeman airlifted to hospital with serious burns after 'attempted murder'

Man arrested on suspicion of attempting to murder a police officer after setting him on fire

He was later transferred to Derriford Hospital where he remains in a stable condition. "My thoughts are with this fearless officer and his loved ones".

A 30-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly trying to kill a police officer after the attack.

The Home Secretary, Priti Patel, tweeted: "A truly appalling and unacceptable incident".

"My thoughts are with this fearless officer and his loved ones at this time".

"I will be in Newquay this afternoon to see team and speak with media".

Army veteran Pc Mares is a popular and well known officer in the town and has been in the police force for 18 years.

"For our protection, police officers and staff are reminded every day of the week to go the way of their loss #" Unacceptable #Protect the Protector.

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Chief Superintendent Ian Drummond-Smith, Commander for Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly tweeted: "Very serious incident".

"One officer was seriously injured in the blaze".

He praised 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".

A man has been charged after a police officer suffered serious burns while helping with an eviction in Newquay.

Pc Mares, 51, is now in a stable condition at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth after sustaining life-changing injuries.

Devon and Cornwall Police said officers were called to Trevenson Road in Newquay at 10.20am on Friday following reports of a "male behaving aggressively".

Blagovest Hadjigueorguiev, 30, appeared at Truro Magistrates' Court accused of three offences - arson with intent to endanger life, causing grievous bodily harm with intent against a police officer, and attempting to cause grievous bodily harm against a second officer.

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