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Man held on suspicion of attempted murder after car strikes police officers

The officers had been carrying out a routine drugs check when they were hit by a Mercedes Benz.

A car being towed away from the scene in Littlehampton, Sussex (Wendy Egan/PA)
A car being towed away from the scene in Littlehampton, Sussex (Wendy Egan/PA)

By Michael Drummond, PA South East Correspondent

Two police officers were hit by a fast-moving Mercedes-Benz in a “deliberate act” early on Monday.

The officers had been carrying out a routine drugs check in Littlehampton, West Sussex, and had arrested three people in a Corsa car on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a Class B drug.

But the officers and one of the men were then struck by the suspected stolen Mercedes car at speed.

Police say the two cars may be linked.

A neighbour told the PA news agency how she was woken by a “crash” and heard raised voices and someone shouting “look what you’ve done”.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and police are trying to track down two more people.

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Undated handout photo issued by Wendy Egan of the scene in Littlehampton, Sussex, where two police officers were hit by a fast-moving Mercedes-Benz (Wendy Egan/PA)

The two police officers and the other man were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

The driver of the Mercedes-Benz, aged 20, ran off, but was Tasered and arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Police are still trying to track down two passengers.

The incident happened at the Bodyshop roundabout on the A259 at Littlehampton at about 1.05am.

Wendy Egan, 64, who lives nearby, told PA: “The crash woke me up and then I heard raised voices.

“I heard a female yell out ‘look what you’ve done’.

“I then saw blue lights flashing outside the bedroom window, so looked outside and could see several police cars.

“I put my robe on and went outside.

“Over the next half hour or so, many more vehicles turned up.

“At one point there were at least 17 police vehicles, two fire engines and I think two ambulances.

“All had their lights flashing and most arrived with sirens going.”

Mrs Egan said that the road and pavement remain taped off, with officers standing guard.

This is a shocking incident and we are supporting the officers concerned Assistant Chief Constable Julia Chapman

Assistant Chief Constable Julia Chapman said: “We are investigating this as potentially a deliberate attack on our response officers as they carried out a proactive stop following a report of suspicious behaviour.

“Tragically, they were seriously injured in the course of carrying out their duties.

“The policeman suffered a broken leg and shoulder. His colleague, a policewoman, suffered fractures and the third person is being treated for a back injury.

“Police officers are faced with danger every day, and are often physically attacked but there is also the trauma that comes with it.

“This is a shocking incident and we are supporting the officers concerned.

“We are keeping an open mind as to whether the two cars, the stolen Mercedes and the Corsa, are linked, and have increased our visible patrols in the area for reassurance.

“The Surrey and Sussex major crime team is leading the investigation and ask anyone who saw what happened or who has any other information to report online or by calling 101, quoting Operation Oxbridge.”

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