Pictured: Police officer who suffered severe burns during incident as man, 30, is charged with GBH and arson
A police officer who suffered severe burns in an incident in Newquay has been named as PC Darral Mares.
Pc Mares, 51, is currently in a stable condition at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth after sustaining life-changing injuries.
Following the incident in question, which happened on Trevenson Road in Newquay on Friday morning, a 30-year-old man was charged with grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent against a police officer, and arson with intent to endanger life.
Pc Darral Mares, pictured, is recovering in hospital following an incident in Newquay
Pc Mares was airlifted to hospital following the incident on Friday morning in Newquay, pictured
Blagovest Hadjigueorguiev, a Bulgarian national of no fixed abode was charged with grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent against a police officer, and arson with intent to endanger life as well as attempted GBH with intent against a second police officer
Blagovest Hadjigueorguiev, a Bulgarian national of no fixed abode, was further charged with attempted GBH with intent against a second police officer.
Hadjigueorguiev appeared at Truro Magistrates Court on Saturday, speaking only to confirm his personal details.
Hadjigueorguiev will next appear at Truro Crown Court on October 13 via video link. In the meantime he has been remanded in custody.
Army veteran Pc Mares is a popular and well known officer in the town and has been in the police force for 18 years.
Pc Mares suffered serious burns to his arms and legs while a second police officer, Pc Alan Lenton, was not injured.
Newquay Police posted an update on Twitter on Friday on behalf of PC Mares, which said: ‘The injured officer and his colleagues @PoliceNewquay@NewquayResponse would like to sincerely thank all those who have sent kind messages of support. His condition is stable and he is receiving treatment. #oneteam.’
Dave Meredith, who recently retired from the position of police inspector in Newquay, added: ‘I have had the privilege of working alongside this officer for over a decade. You could find no better police officer and friend. All the best and get well soon mate!’
Pc Mares suffered serious burns to his arms and legs while a second police officer, Pc Alan Lenton, was not injured
His successor, Inspector Guy Blackford, thanked the wider community and other emergency services for their support.
Chief Superintendent Ian Drummond-Smith, of Devon and Cornwall Police, also provided an update on PC Mares’ condition on Saturday morning, writing on Twitter: ‘An officer was airlifted to Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske, with serious burns.
‘He was later transferred to Derriford Hospital, where he remains in a stable condition. He is sat up and in good spirits.’