A police officer was hospitalised after being slashed with a knife by a teenage boy.

Riot vans and patrol cars descended on Ingram Crescent East in Hove after receiving a call at 7.15pm on Sunday, June 3.

It was reported that a 15-year-old boy was in distress and was in possession of a knife, and had reportedly already inflicted grievous bodily harm on another man on the same day.

Neighbours described shouting and screaming coming from a flat in the residential complex.

Officers attended and the boy was arrested, and it was during the arrest that one officer sustained a “minor laceration” to his right arm and had to be taken to hospital.

One resident said he saw lots of police, and saw the young man being led out in handcuffs.

Meanwhile another man claimed that the police officer involved looked “very shaken” by the incident.

Other residents reported that their young children were scared by what happened at the flat opposite.

They reported that the police had made an effort to calm everyone down, and had spoken with neighbours about the situation.

She said: “We heard shouting and there was something going on there this afternoon.

“My son was terrified, he didn’t know what was happening. But the police were really good, they came and spoke with him and shook his hand.”

Police say the 15-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, one against a police officer and against a man at the address earlier in the afternoon.

He remains in custody.