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Met Police officer hurt in Kennington 'hit-and-run murder attempt'

A police officer has been hurt in an apparent hit-and-run that police are treating as a possible murder attempt.

The 39-year-old Met Police cycle patrol officer was struck as he tried to flag down a car travelling through Kennington, south London, on Wednesday.

He had dismounted his bicycle and was signalling for the car to stop when he was hit. He struck the bonnet and fell to the ground injuring his arm and leg.

Two men, aged 22 and 23, are being held on suspicion of attempted murder.

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The officer was treated in hospital and has since returned home.

He was struck by a black Vauxhall Meriva at about 14:25 GMT on Wednesday in Kennington Park Road. About an hour later police found the car abandoned in nearby Frederick Crescent.

A police spokesman said: "The vehicle appeared to deliberately run over the officer who had got off his bicycle."

Det Sgt Ranjit Sekhon said: "It is extremely fortunate that the officer, who was attempting a routine traffic stop, was not more seriously injured.

"It is important that we speak to as many people as possible to piece together the moments leading up to the collision."

Anyone who saw two men running from the car after it was parked in Frederick Crescent is urged to contact police or call Crimestoppers anonymously.

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