Three police officers were injured in a frenzied attack whilst they were carrying out a welfare check last night (Friday, June 2). 

Cleveland Police were alerted to concerns for an individual on Billingham's Corfe Crescent at around 10.15 pm last night. 

But whilst attending the incident, officers encountered a man wielding a weapon, who became aggressive, slashing one officer and stabbing two others. 

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This prompted a huge emergency service response, with eyewitnesses reporting that there were over 20 police cars in attendance at Corfe Crescent until the early hours of the morning. 

Crime Scene Investigators attended the scene of the incident this morning. 

A spokesperson for Cleveland Police said: "Police attended an address on Corfe Crescent, Billingham, at around 10.15 pm on Friday, June 2, following a concern for welfare report.

"While attending the incident, officers encountered a man with a knife who became aggressive towards officers.

"Two Cleveland Police officers received puncture wounds while a third officer received slash wounds. All three were taken to hospital where they received stitches.

"A 34-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and was taken to hospital for minor injuries. He is now in police custody."

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Residents of the "typically quiet" street have told of their shock at the incident, which saw police swarm the street, waking up homeowners in the early hours of Saturday morning. 

A spokesperson for the North East Ambulance Service said: "We were called to an incident at a private address in the Billingham area at 12.30 am this morning.

"We dispatched the Medicar, a clinical team leader and two ambulance crews, and four people were taken to hospital for further treatment."