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Man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after ‘ramming police van’

Witness describes officers carrying screaming driver into police van after crash

02 March, 2017 — By William McLennan

A car crashed into a bus stop in Gordon House Road. PHOTO: Graham Parks

A MAN has been arrested after allegedly crashing into a police van in Gospel Oak.

Police said the driver had been arrested on suspicion of the attempted murder of a police officer following the incident at around 8.45am this morning (Thursday).

Officers said the car crashed into a police van, removing a door, when they tried to stop the vehicle in Gordon House Road.

Reader footage of a man being arrested in Gospel Oak after a crash

Police said they were earlier called to an alleged robbery of a minicab driver in Leighton Road, Kentish Town. The minicab driver is in hospital with “serious head injuries”, police said.

A witness described officers bundling a screaming man into the back of a police van after being pulled from the crashed car in Gordon House Road.

Police said the man, who officers said is also suspected of aggravated burglary and possession of an offensive weapons, is currently being treated in hospital. He has not been charged with any offence.

Richard Pendrill, who saw the aftermath of the crash in Gordon House Road, said: “They had to carry him around and then put him in the back of the police carrier. It took about six of them and it must have taken all their patience just to get him in the van. He was definitely resisting.”

He added: “He must have been going a fair lick down here to go up the kerb and into the bus stop. I don’t know how he found the opportunity to get up that much speed. It must have been a sudden a acceleration. It could have been more dangerous, you could have had kids coming down here at that time of day.”

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