Footage re­leased of car ram­ming po­lice of­fi­cer

Accrington Observer - - FRONT PAGE - HE­LEN JOHN­SON ac­cringtonob­[email protected]­ @Ac­cring­tonNews

THIS is the sick­en­ing mo­ment a stolen car rammed a po­lice of­fi­cer to the ground and left him with se­ri­ous in­juries.

It hap­pened as the of­fi­cer ap­proached the sus­pected stolen BMW 2 se­ries car to speak to the driver as it stopped at some traf­fic lights on East­gate in Ac­cring­ton.

The car re­versed, hit­ting a po­lice car and the of­fi­cer.

The of­fi­cer suf­fered sig­nif­i­cant in­juries to his leg and was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospi­tal to be treated.

He has since been dis­charged af­ter un­der­go­ing surgery.

Now de­tec­tives have re­leased CCTV of the in­ci­dent, which hap­pened just af­ter 8.50pm on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 29.

A man can be seen to run from the crashed stolen ve­hi­cle up Av­enue Pa­rade away from East­gate. Po­lice be­lieve he headed on foot along the road away from Ac­cring­ton town cen­tre.

Lan­cashire Con­stab­u­lary say they know the area was busy at the time and are re-ap­peal­ing to those who wit­nessed the col­li­sion, or saw the car or the man leav­ing the scene, to get in touch.

De­tec­tive Sergeant Phil McGauley said: “This is be­ing treated as a de­lib­er­ate at­tack on a po­lice of­fi­cer try­ing to de­tain the driver of a stolen ve­hi­cle. The car was taken from a bur­glary at an ad­dress in Ac­cring­ton in the early hours of the 29th.

“Our of­fi­cers and staff rou­tinely put them­selves in harm’s way as they carry out their du­ties serv­ing our com­mu­ni­ties and pro­tect­ing the pub­lic. It should not be seen as sim­ply part of the job.

“Our thoughts re­main with our in­jured col­league and his fam­ily at this dif­fi­cult time and we wish him a speedy re­cov­ery.”

Po­lice be­lieve the ve­hi­cle trav­elled along Bold Street, Wash­ing­ton Street and Park Street in the min­utes lead­ing up to the col­li­sion. Any­one who saw the ve­hi­cle or has any rel­e­vant dash cam or CCTV footage be­tween 8.45pm and 9.05pm on the 29 Novem­ber is asked to con­tact po­lice.

A 38-year-old man ar­rested a short time af­ter the of­fence was re­leased with­out charge.

A 24-year-old man from Ac­cring­ton was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of a bur­glary of­fence re­lat­ing to the orig­i­nal theft of the car. An­other 24-year-old man from Burn­ley was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of han­dling stolen goods re­lat­ing to the stolen ve­hi­cle.

A fur­ther ar­rest was made on Novem­ber 30 when a 19-year-old from Burn­ley at­tended a po­lice sta­tion. He was de­tained on sus­pi­cion of as­sault (GBH) and bur­glary.

All three have since been re­leased un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion pend­ing fur­ther en­quiries.

Con­tact 101 or Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

Freeze frame of CCTV of a stolen BMW run­ning over the po­lice of­fi­cer in Ac­cring­ton

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