September 21 2014 Latest news:
Monday, May 5, 2014
A police officer was seriously injured after being hit by a motorbike and left lying the street as he tried to track down burglary suspects in Ilford.
The constable, from Redbridge borough, remains in hospital and is due to have surgery today having sustained a broken leg in the incident in Wensleydale Avenue.
A spokesman for the Met said the male office was called to the area at around 6.30pm on Sunday following reports of suspects acting suspiciously and entering residents’ back gardens.
He said a suspect on a motorbike was identified and approached by police in nearby Marston Road.
“When approached, the man rode away and turned the corner into Wensleydale Avenue where he collided with the officer close to the junction with Chalgrove Crescent,” he added.
The officer was attended to by colleagues as he lay in the street before the arrival of London Ambulance Service, who took him to an east London hospital.
Scotland Yard said he was initially feared to have suffered ‘multiple limb fractures’, but subsequent tests showed only one broken leg.
The spokesman said: “The suspect came off the motorbike following the collision and was arrested at the scene.
“He was taken into custody at an east London police station and later further arrested for driving while unfit. He remains in custody.”
Enquiries into the incident continue, led by detectives from Redbridge borough.
Detective Constable Chibi Nwosu, of Redbridge CID, said: “This serves to highlight that, every time they are called out to an incident, officers do not know what dangers might await them. They put themselves in harm’s way in order to protect the communities they serve.
“I’ve visited him in hospital this morning. He was about to go into surgery but is in good spirits.
“I can only hope that he will make a full and speedy recovery.”
A car fire on the A406 in Ilford caused hours of disruption on the roads this morning.