Off-duty police officer injured attempting to arrest suspected shoplifter

Police in Richmond are appealing for witnesses and information after an off-duty officer was injured during an incident on Tuesday 19 April.

The incident occurred at a supermarket on Upper Richmond Road, East Sheen, at around 7PM on Tuesday when he attempted to arrest a suspected shoplifter, according to a police statement.

After the suspect got into a car outside the supermarket, the officer attempted to stop the vehicle but was unable to do so. The officer was then carried on the bonnet of the vehicle for a short distance.

The incident was witnessed by a separate off-duty police officer, who came to the victim’s aid before calling both the police and the London Ambulance Service. The man was taken to hospital for injuries to his hands and legs, but has since been discharged.

A 40-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle, grievous bodily harm, failing to appear at court, possession of Class A drugs, theft from a shop, going equipped to steal and driving while disqualified.

A 41-year-old man was also arrested, on suspicion of actual bodily harm, allowing to be carried in a stolen vehicle, theft and failing to appear at court. Both suspects currently remain in police custody.

The incident is still under investigation and police are keen to hear from any witnesses who have not yet given any information.

In a statement, Chief Superintendent Simon Ovens from the Roads and Transport Policing Command said: “This incident highlights the bravery and courage that is at the core of what it means to be a police officer in the Metropolitan Police. I am incredibly proud that we have officers like these two constables who uphold our values both in uniform and out. 

“What they did was incredibly brave and clearly underscores that our officers never know what they are going to face or how a situation will develop yet day in and day out they continue to face that risk to keep Londoners safe.”

If you have any information, including phone, dashcam or doorbell camera footage of this incident, please contact police on 101, contact @metcc on twitter or report on our website with reference to CAD 5935/19APR22.

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