Two men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a police officer on bike patrol in South London was run over as he attempted to stop a vehicle.
The Metropolitan Police is appealing for witnesses to the incident, which happened on Kennington Park Road, Lambeth, yesterday afternoon at approximately 2.45pm and involved a black Vauxhall Meriva.
According to a statement from police, “The vehicle appeared to deliberately run over the officer who had got off his bicycle. He was struck by the car and ended up on the bonnet before falling to the ground.
“The suspects drove off at speed in the direction of Peckham,” police said, adding that the vehicle was found at 3.35pm abandoned in Frederick Crescent, SW9.
The officer involved, a 39-year old male who is a member of the Roads and Transport Policing Command, was taken to hospital with arm and leg injuries and is now recovering at home.
Two men, one aged 22, the other 23, were later arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
Detective Sergeant Ranjit Sekhon of the Roads and Transport Policing Command said: "I would urge anyone who witnessed either the collision or the car speeding away to contact us.
“I would also like to speak with anyone who saw two men running from the car after it was parked in Frederick Crescent.
"It is extremely fortunate that the officer, who was attempting a routine traffic stop, was not more seriously injured.
"It is important that we speak with as many people as possible to piece together the moments leading up to the collision," he added.
Anyone who has information is asked to contact the witness appeal line on 020 8543 5157 or the charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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