Police officer airlifted to hospital after ‘suspected hit and run’

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A seriously injured police officer was airlifted to hospital following a suspected hit-and-run in Essex.

Police arrested a woman, 45, and a man, 22, at the scene of the collision on Stanford Road in Grays, Essex, at 8am.

Essex Police have claimed a driver refused to stop and then collided with the officer as the cop approached the car.

It is understood the driver of the vehicle then drove off.

The force confirmed an officer was taken to hospital via an air ambulance with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: "It is reported that the driver did then stop and then collided with the officer as they approached the car, before driving off."

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Police have arrested a woman, from Chadwell St Mary, on suspicion of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent.

She was also arrested on suspicion of failing to stop and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

The 22-year-old man, from Grays, was arrested on suspicion on perverting the course of justice.

In a statement, Essex Police said: "An officer has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after they were struck by a car.

"Shortly before 8am on Saturday 31 October, we were alerted to reports that an officer had sustained serious injuries after a car had been in collision with them after it initially failed to stop when directed to by the officer.

"It is reported that the driver did then stop and then collided with the officer as they approached the car, before driving off."

"The officer was taken to hospital by air ambulance with injuries that are considered to be serious, but thankfully not life-changing or life-threatening.

"A 45-year-old woman from Chadwell St. Mary has been arrested on suspicion of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent, failing to stop and causing serious injury by dangerous driving."

They went on: "A 22-year-old man from Grays has been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice."

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