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Suspect fleeing pub 'drove at' officer who suffered injuries, say police

A police officer needed hospital treatment after he was "deliberately driven at" by a suspect fleeing a Leeds pub, his force has said.

Officers were carrying out inquiries at the Omnibus pub in the Middleton area of the city just before 7pm on Friday when the Vauxhall Astra sped off erratically.

West Yorkshire Police said the officer's injuries were not life-threatening and he has since been discharged from hospital.

Inquiries to trace the driver were continuing, a force spokeswoman said.

Anyone who saw what happened has been asked to call Detective Inspector Seth Robinson on 101.

Local reports said the pub was open for the last time on Friday before being demolished.

On its Facebook page, West Yorkshire Police Federation said: "Our thoughts are with our injured colleague at this time and we will be providing whatever support we can to the officer.

"We wish him a speedy recovery."

On Twitter, the force's police and crime commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson said he echoed those words, adding he was "saddened to hear of this incident and wish #WYP colleague a speedy recovery".

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