Two men have been arrested on suspicion of assault on police and possession of a firearm, following an incident yesterday afternoon in Newham, which resulted in two police officers sustaining injuries requiring hospital treatment.
At around 4.30pm on Thursday 16 August, officers from the Met’s Violent Crime Task Force stopped a vehicle in Romford Road, E12 and went to speak to the two male occupants. The men got out of the vehicle and a struggle ensued, which resulted in two officers being injured. A female officer suffered a broken bone in her right hand, a male officer has ligament damage to his hand, requiring surgery.
The men threatened the officers with what is believed to be a firearm.
A 25-year-old man, was arrested at the scene; a 23-year-old man,who ran away from the scene was arrested in Grantham Road, E13, following a search of nearby gardens.
No firearm has been recovered, a search for it is ongoing.
Detectives from the Trident and Area Crime Command are investigating.
Detective Superintendent Sean Yates of the Met’s Violent Crime Task Force, said:
“This incident once again demonstrates the bravery of Met officers, who have acted with the utmost professionalism in a difficult situation. Acting on instinct when approaching a suspicious car, they were confronted with two aggressive men who have intimated that they were armed. The officers put themselves in harm’s way to protect the public and I would urge anyone with any information to come forward.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Trident on 101 quoting CAD 4921/16 Aug, via @MetCC or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.