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Firearms officer in hospital after being struck by car during vehicle stop

No arrests have been made and the officer’s condition is said not to be life-threatening.

Police activity on White Hart lane (Yui Mok/PA)
Police activity on White Hart lane (Yui Mok/PA)

By Margaret Davis, PA Crime Correspondent

A Metropolitan Police firearms officer is in hospital after being mown down during a vehicle stop.

A suspect car was stopped at White Hart Lane, Tottenham, north London just after 11.30am on Tuesday and initially pulled over for police.

But the driver then sped off, hitting and injuring the officer.

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Police near White Hart Lane (Yui Mok/PA)

Teams from London Ambulance Service and the Air Ambulance were called to the scene and the officer was taken to hospital.

The Met said he does not have life-threatening injuries, and no arrests have been made.

A local chicken shop owner in White Hart Lane, who did not wish to be named, said: “I saw the car coming… and it was flying like 100 miles an hour.

“After two minutes I saw police following and I knew it was serious.”

Dramatic CCTV footage caught minuets before the collision by a local corner shop showed the police car following a black Mercedes as it turned into White Hart Lane.

The incident follows a spate of serious attacks on police officers, including being hit by vehicles.

Thames Valley Police officer Pc Andrew Harper died when he was mown down after being called to a burglary in August, while West Midlands Pc Christopher Burnham was left with head injuries and a shattered knee when he was hit by a car in Coventry in September.

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