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New appeal over A5 chase which seriously injured officer

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Detectives have released new images in a fresh appeal for information to an incident in which a Tamworth police officer was seriously injured. The unnamed policeman is still recovering at home from the serious leg and chest injuries he suffered following an on-foot pursuit on the A5 near Lichfield on November 29 last year. The officer had attempted to stop a suspicious HGV at 6.15pm following a short pursuit along the A5 between Wall Island and Weeford Island.

When the HGV stopped and the driver got out of the vehicle, the 39-year-old officer pursued him on foot. Detective Inspector Dan Ison said: “The man confronted the officer, threatening to harm him with a fallen tree branch, and this resulted in the officer stepping back towards the carriageway where he was involved in a collision with another vehicle. “We’re issuing these images and making a fresh appeal to the public to help us find these men.

This serious incident has resulted in one of our officers being hospitalised and as a result of these injuries we don’t yet know if he’ll be able to return to work as a frontline officer and do the job he loves.” DI Ison added that the suspect had then approached a Ford Fiesta that was stationary in traffic on the carriageway and pulled the driver from the vehicle. He then stole the vehicle, which was later found abandoned near to a social club in Pelsall.

Police are urging the public for information about the suspect involved. He is described as being a well-built white man around 6ft tall. He was in his late 20s and was wearing a black jacket with a hood and black baseball cap.

The second suspect got out of the passenger side of the skip lorry and ran across fields at the side of the A5. He is described as white, in his late 30s to early 40s, around 5ft 11in tall with a round face, small eyes and facial hair. He was wearing a black hoodie and a dark beanie style hat rolled up above his ears.

Anyone with any information is urged to call Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident 583 of 29 November 2016 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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