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London riots: Man arrested after two officers hit by car

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after two police officers were hit by a car as they chased looters in north-east London.

Detectives released footage of the incident in Royston Avenue, Waltham Forest in the early hours of 8 August.

One of the PCs was hit so hard that some of his body armour came off. One officer suffered leg injuries while the other injured a shoulder.

A 31-year-old man surrendered himself at an east London police station.

'Sheer luck'

The two officers were part of a group who were following up reports of looting at a clothes shop on Chingford Mount Road when the car - registration number Y132 GHJ - struck the officers at about 01:00 BST.

The vehicle then turned right on to Chingford Mount Road and right again on to New Road.

The injured officers, both based at Paddington Green police station, are now recovering at home and will receive further specialist treatment.

Det Insp Cliff Haines said: "These individuals clearly had no regard for the safety of the officers or anyone else in their path.

"Judging from the footage and the speed at which this car is being driven I can only assume that the intention was to cause serious harm and injury.

"It is only sheer luck the officers did not sustain more serious injuries."

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said 237 officers had been injured during the disturbances which began in Tottenham on 6 August.

In total, 1,685 people have been arrested and 985 charged following the three days of rioting and looting in London.

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