Knife suspects charged with attempting to murder police officers at shopping centre

Two suspected knifemen have been charged with attempted murder after an attack on two police officers in the Black Country.

Police outside New Square Shopping Centre in West Bromwich. Photo: SnapperSK
Police outside New Square Shopping Centre in West Bromwich. Photo: SnapperSK

The officers, both men, were slashed at New Square Shopping Centre in West Bromwich just before 11.30am on Wednesday.

They suffered "superficial" slash injuries, were taken to hospital but have since been discharged and are recovering at home, West Midlands Police said.

Two men from Smethwick have now been charged with attempting to murder both officers.

Police at the New Square Shopping Centre in West Bromwich. Photo: SnapperSK
Police outside New Square Shopping Centre after two officers were attacked. Photo: SnapperSK

Parminder Hunjan, 37, and Maninder Hunjan, 25, have been charged with two counts of attempted murder, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of an imitation firearm.

Maninder has also been charged with possession of a prohibited item.

The suspects, both of Frank Road, Smethwick, were both remanded in custody and were due to appear at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court on Friday.

The attack happened near Sports Direct. Photo: SnapperSK
Police outside New Square Shopping Centre in West Bromwich. Photo: SnapperSK

A 31-year-old woman has been bailed with conditions pending further enquiries.

The officers had been on patrol after extra powers were granted to carry out stop and searches in the area following a recent increase in violence and robberies, West Midlands Police said.

Armed officers were called after the attacked happened outside Sports Direct, with part of the shopping centre cordoned off in the aftermath.

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