|Police Officer Injured Making Arrest in Acton|
Was attempting to detain two men in Clandon Close
A police officer has suffered a broken finger during an arrest he was making in Acton.
He was attending a call at around 9pm on Saturday 5 February after two men were reported to be behaving suspiciously near bins in on Clandon Close.
The men were thought to be storing or accessing weapons, so officers from the Met’s West Area BCU attended.
When the two suspects were located, one of them became aggressive and the police constable suffered a broken finger as he detained him.
Both men were arrested and taken into custody; a 28-year-old man on suspicion of assaulting the officer and a 51-year-old man on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon after a crowbar was found nearby.
The officer has been discharged from hospital, but his hand injury will require ongoing treatment.
Just a few minutes later in Croydon another Metropolitan Police officer was injured in an unrelated incident after being run over by a driver who had failed to stop after being seen driving erratically. He sustained serious injuries to his ankle and hip as well as head injuries. He remains in hospital.
A25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of GBH on the officer, dangerous driving, failing to stop and aggravated taking and driving away of a Mercedes. He was also found to be in possession of a quantity of crack cocaine.
Superintendent John Tibaldi said, “Both these incidents show that Met officers are committed to keeping Londoners safe - not only by responding to emergencies and other reports of crime but through targeted patrols and taking positive action to prevent crime in the first place.
"Police officers routinely put themselves in harm’s way on a daily basis, dealing with dangerous situations and violent people.
“Tackling violent crime is the Met’s top priority, and that includes dealing robustly with those who assault our officers and other emergency workers.”
If you have information about those who use violence, carry weapons or bring criminality to your neighbourhood, you can speak with local officers, call 101 or, to remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers.
February 7, 2022