Ipswich: Thanks for your support, says Pc hurt in stab drama

Ipswich: A hero police officer who was stabbed in the line of duty has today thanked Evening Star readers for their love and support.

Suffolk police dog handler Pc Steven Jay suffered knife wounds while attempting to detain a man during a dramatic sequence of events last Tuesday evening.

Pc Jay’s dog, Aman was also injured in the incident which left the six-year-old German Shepherd requiring emergency surgery.

Pc Jay thanked Star readers for their support, while also praising vets for saving Aman’s life.

He said: “It is much appreciated. We are both ok and more importantly Aman is making a completely miraculous recovery in such a short space of time, mainly due in part to my colleagues getting him to Highcliff vets in Cliff Lane so quickly and for the vet’s prompt attendance and treatment, which undoubtedly saved his life.

“I am having to hold him back from doing too much – he has lost none of his bounce and drive and is getting back to his old self.”

Pc Jay, and Aman, were both stabbed as officers attempted to arrest a man who was being sought in connection with an earlier stabbing in the town’s Oulton Road.Pc Jay suffered knife wounds to his arm and back, while his trusty sidekick Aman was left with wounds to his shoulder.

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It is believed that the officer’s protective clothing prevented him from being more seriously injured.

Asher Picort, of Oulton Road, Ipswich, appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court last week, having been charged with two counts of grievous bodily harm. He has also been charged with criminal damage.

Picort did not enter a plea and was remanded in custody until his next hearing in magistrates’ court on November 18.

n Send your messages of support to Pc Steven Jay and Aman - write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or send an e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk