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East End cops injured chasing stolen Hackney van

PUBLISHED: 17:24 30 November 2010

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COPS are hunting the driver of a stolen Ford Transit van which deliberately struck a police vehicle injuring two officers.

The officers, a male and female PC based at Tower Hamlets, were pursuing the van around 9.15pm last Thursday in Homerton Road.

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

The van then reversed at high speed into the front of the police car before making off at speed.

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

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

Both officers 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.

Hackney CID are investigating.

Investigating officer Rhodri Gardner 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.”

Officers are appealing for anyone with information to contact Hackney CID on 020 7275 3635 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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