PC injured trying to stop suspect in Ford

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ARRESTS have been made after a police constable was injured trying to apprehend a suspect in Ford.

The Sussex Road Policing officer approached a stolen car which had come to a stop in a cul de sac, at Gaugemaster Way, this morning (Monday, October 28) after being followed by police for some distance across West Sussex.

It had first been spotted on the eastbound A27 at Emsworth at about 7.15am.

As the officer ran up and took hold of the drivers door the car reversed and he was trapped by the door, and dragged along for a short distance before being thrown free.

The car sped off, ramming a police car and causing slight injury.

However other officers stopped it in nearby Burndell Road, Yapton, soon afterwards.

They arrested the two occupants, the man who was driving the car, and a woman passenger.

The vehicle had been reported stolen from outside a house in Salisbury, Wiltshire, and the 39-year-old man of no fixed address, and the 36-year-old Isle of Wight woman, are currently in custody for interview and further enquiries.

The officer was treated at St Richards Hospital, Chichester, for cuts and bruises, and was allowed home.

Nobody else was reported injured in the incident.

Chief inspector Tanya Jones said: “This was good work by several officers who traced and followed the car for several miles on major and minor roads before it was brought to a halt. “The injured PC was very lucky not to have been more seriously hurt.

“We were also very grateful to local people in Yapton and Ford, who came out and provided valuable assistance, and information about what was happening and the movements of the car.”