Update: Officer sustained head injury while trying to make arrest


A police officer is recovering in hospital after he suffered a head injury while trying to make an arrest.

Several police cars, a dog unit and helicopter were called to the Shipley Road area, Ifield, at around 8.30pm on Wednesday (April 29).

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “Just before 8.15pm the uniformed police officer stopped a blue Toyota Corolla car in the Ifield Drive area of Crawley.

“Both the driver and his passenger ran off on foot. The officer pursued the driver into a block of flats where he tried to arrest him, but suffered a head injury.

“Other officers were quickly on the scene and a 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and failing to stop for police.

“The injured officer was taken by ambulance to the East Surrey Hospital, Redhill, where he is now recovering.

“A widespread search was mounted for the passenger who ran off and he is still being sought. Resources used included a police helicopter and a dog unit.”

Anyone who saw what happened or who may have other information about the incident or those involved is asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101, quoting serial 1444 of 29/4.

Alternatively they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers without having to leave their name on 0800 555 111.