Man charged after police officer set on fire in terrifying attack

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A man has been charged after a police officer was set on fire, suffering life-changing burns.

The officer was airlifted to Royal Cornwall Hospital with serious burns after being called to where a man was seen "behaving aggressively" on Friday.

He was later transferred to Derriford Hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

Blagovest Hadjigueorguiev, 30, of no fixed abode, Newquay, has since been charged with arson with intent to endanger life and causing grievous bodily harm with intent against a police officer.

He is further charged with attempted GBH with intent against a second police officer who was uninjured," Devon and Cornwall Police said.

He is due to appear at Truro Magistrates' Court on Saturday.

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Chief Superintendent Ian Drummond-Smith, Police Commander for Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly, tweeted on Friday: "Very serious incident. My thoughts are with our officer.

"Police officer airlifted to hospital with life-changing injuries.

"Male arrested for the attempted murder of officer.

"I will be in Newquay this afternoon to see team and speak with media."

Conservative Home Secretary Priti Patel also responded to the assault, writing on Twitter: "A truly appalling and unacceptable incident. My thoughts are with this brave officer and his loved ones at this time."

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