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Police officer badly hurt in fall

A police officer has been seriously injured after falling through a garage roof while trying to detain a suspect.

Pc Chris Hardaway suffered serious head injuries after plunging through the roof of a car mechanics' premises in Bristol.

The 26-year-old Avon and Somerset officer was on patrol with a colleague when they noticed a man acting suspiciously.

The police helicopter was called to help the search and reported that a man was on the roof of the Bristol 2CV garage.

Pc Hardaway climbed on to the roof to look for the man but fell through it.

He was taken to Frenchay Hospital, where he remains in a critical condition.

Assistant Chief Constable Anthony Bangham described Pc Hardaway's actions as "brave and courageous".

He said: "This kind of feat is part and parcel of the daily business of our officers.

"We are proud of Chris, who is typical of the enthusiastic men and women who police in Avon and Somerset, patrolling the area with courage and integrity making people feel safe in their homes.

"Chris has been seriously injured and is undergoing emergency surgery and our thoughts are with him and his family at this time, as they would be for any other officer injured carrying out actions to protect their local community."

The scene remains cordoned off for a forensic examination and officers will be carrying out house-to-house inquiries.

The suspect is thought to have dark hair and was wearing dark clothing.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

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