A DRIVER injured a police officer in a ‘deliberate’ hit and run attack in Didcot. 

Thames Valley Police suspects the collision, which happened at 11.55am on Thursday, was an intentional attempt to harm one of its officers. 

The force said officers attempted to stop a silver or grey Citroen Picasso at traffic lights on Miles East, at the junction of the B4493 Didcot Road.

As an officer was getting out of a police car, the driver of the Picasso drove towards it.

The Picasso then crashed into the car, injuring the officer.

The driver fled in the direction of the Broadway then collided with another car in Manor Crescent, but failed to stop.

The officer was taken to hospital with minor injuries and has since been discharged.

Investigating officer, Detective Inspector Nicola Douglas, based at Abingdon police station said, “I am appealing for anyone who may have witnessed this incident to please come forward.

“I would also appeal for any drivers who were in the area at the time of the incident to check dash-cam footage in case it may have captured something that could assist us with the investigation.

“I believe this was a deliberate action to drive into the police car, which fortunately didn’t result in more serious injuries to the officer. I also believe someone knows who the driver of the Picasso was and where they are.

“If anyone who has any information, please contact police on 101, quoting reference 43190274725, or make a report online.

“Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

The tragic death of PC Andrew Harper in August, who was killed in the line of duty, has refreshed concerns about the safety of frontline officers.

This week the National Police Chiefs’ Council commissioned an urgent inquiry on behalf of all chief constables, in response to a rise in attacks on officers nationwide.