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Man held over 'attempted murder' of officer in Milton Keynes

Scene where police officer was hit by stolen taxi
Image caption The police officer was pinned against his patrol car

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a police officer was hit by a stolen taxi in Buckinghamshire.

A search was launched after a taxi driver was forced from his vehicle by two men and two women in Milton Keynes at about 02:30 GMT, police said.

The vehicle was later reversed at the officer, pinning him against his patrol car, police said. He is in a stable condition in hospital.

A 29-year-old man is being questioned.

Police said the vehicle, a black VW Passat, was found in the town's Hodge Lea Lane about 03:10 GMT.

'Reversed unexpectedly'

A police spokeswoman said: "Officers got out of their vehicle to inspect the car, when it reversed unexpectedly and pinned one of the officers to their patrol car, before leaving the scene.

"The vehicle was recovered shortly afterwards in Grangers Croft. The injured officer was taken to Milton Keynes General Hospital for treatment to his injuries where he remains at this time in a stable condition."

The taxi driver had been "forced out" of his vehicle by the group in High Street.

Officers launched the search after speaking to the driver. The arrested man is being questioned in custody on suspicion of attempted murder.

Police are appealing for witnesses to contact them.

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