Man arrested after stolen van rams Tower Hamlets cops in Hackney

COPS investigating an incident in which a stolen van deliberately rammed a police car, injuring two officers, have mad an arrest.

The officers, a male and female PC based in Tower Hamlets were chasing the Ford Transit around 9.15pm last Thursday in Homerton Road.

The officers, who were travelling in an unmarked vehicle using their flashing lights and a siren, followed the van towards Hackney Marshes, where it stopped, unable to pass through a narrow road.

It then reversed at high speed into the front of the police car, before driving off at speed.

The female PC had to be cut free from the vehicle by the London Fire Brigade and was taken to hospital with head and neck injuries.

Her colleague, who was driving, was also taken to hospital with neck and back injuries. Both were later discharged.

The van features an image of a green oak tree on each side panel along and the lettering, ‘Oaks Civil Engineering’ in green.

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Investigating officer, Det Con Rhodri Gardner from Hackney Police said: “Anyone who has seen a van matching this description or knows of its whereabouts is urged to contact police immediately.

“If you see the vehicle being driven, dial 999 from a safe distance. Do not touch the vehicle or approach anyone within it.”

Cops have since arrested one man in connection with the incident but are still appealing for witnesses.

They want anyone with information to contact Hackney CID on 020 7275 3635, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The arrested man has been released on police bail until January 12 pending further enquiries.