Man arrested after car driven at police officers in Littlehampton

23 September 2019, 11:52 | Updated: 23 September 2019, 16:06

The scene in Littlehampton
The scene in Littlehampton. Picture: Twitter / Derrick Chester
EJ Ward

By EJ Ward

Two police officers were hit by a fast-moving Mercedes Benz in a "deliberate act" in the early hours of Monday morning.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following the incident in Littlehampton, Sussex.

The two officers and another man who were hit by the car were taken to hospital with serious injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

Assistant Chief Constable Julia Chapman said: "This is being investigated as a deliberate attack on two police officers in the course of carrying out their duties.

"Their injuries, and that of the man they were with, whilst serious, are not believed to be life-threatening.

"Two passengers in the car remain outstanding and we urge the public to help us trace and bring to justice all of those involved."

The incident occurred at the Bodyshop roundabout on the A259 at Littlehampton at approximately 1.05am.

The two local response officers, a man and woman, were carrying out a routine drugs check on a car and had detained one man on suspicion of drugs offences at the side of the road when the second car approached.

Two men, passengers in the Mercedes, ran off.

Anyone who saw what happened or who has any other information is asked to contact the police online or by calling 101, quoting Operation Oxbridge.

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