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Image caption The attack happened in Church Road in Rayleigh at about 21:10 BST. An off-duty police officer is in a serious condition in hospital after being stabbed multiple times in a "targeted" attack. The man suffered injuries to his stomach, chest and arm in the attack in Rayleigh at about 21:10 BST on Wednesday, Essex Police said. Another man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is in custody. Police said it was believed the attack was "targeted and isolated". Detectives have appealed for witnesses. Essex Police confirmed the man was an employee of the constabulary. The force said he was found at address in Church Road and was in a "serious but stable condition" after undergoing hospital treatment. Full story

25 April