A stolen Mercedes was deliberately driven into a police car in Marsh Lane (Credit: Metropolitan Police)
The incident began when two men pulled a woman, aged in her mid-60s, from her Audi A3 in Trader Road and stole it at around 7.55am. She suffered minor injuries during the robbery.
Officers spotted the vehicle being driven alongside a stolen Mercedes in Wennington Road at around 8.40am. The Mercedes peeled off as they began pursuing the Audi.
A short time later, police were still chasing the Audi when the Mercedes returned and rammed a police car into the central barrier in Marsh Lane.
The driver of the Mercedes tried to flee the scene on foot but was chased and detained.
Two officers were taken to hospital with minor injuries and later discharged.
The Audi was found abandoned near the scene a short time after the incident.
Inspector Richard Wenham said: “Officers have done their job and quickly circulated and located a stolen car. Professionally trained officers have then taken over the pursuit and their car was rammed in a desperate attempt by the suspects to get away.
“Both officers were injured, but thankfully not seriously. This incident shows our commitment to arrest those engaged in criminality and the risks officers can face when they do their duty. This sort courage and dedication by officers goes on every day in London and it deserves to be recognised.”
Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call the police on 101 or contact them via Twitter @MetCC. CAD 1694/27JUL.
To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.
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