A large scale Police operation with armed officers was conducted at three locations across Leicester today, after a car was deliberately driven into a police officer.
The constable sustained serious injuries and is currently in hospital undergoing treatment.
Three men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after the incident on Bradbourne Road. Detectives will be interviewing the men who are all from Leicester.
The incident unfolded after Police were called at about 3.30am this morning (Friday) to a report of a man having been assaulted in Belvoir Street, Leicester, by a group of men who left the scene in a Volkswagen Polo.
The man in his 20s was injured, but did not attend hospital.
In response to this assault, two men aged 19 and two men aged 20, were arrested in connection with this incident and are currently in police custody.
During the initial enquiries, information was also received about a second car – a white Mercedes -having been seen in Belvoir Street shortly after the assault and an occupant was reported to have been seen with a suspected firearm.
At about 4.30am this morning the Mercedes was sighted in Bradbourne Road, Leicester, and during attempts to stop the vehicle an officer was struck as the car left the area.
That vehicle was located just after 9am today in the area of Portsmouth Road and a 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder of the officer.
Two additional men, both in their 20s, were also arrested on suspicion of the same offence from an address in the Loughborough Road area of Leicester shortly after.
Work is underway to establish the full circumstances surrounding the initial assault in Belvoir Street and the incident involving the white Mercedes.
Deputy Chief Constable Rob Nixon said: “This series of incidents have left one of our officers seriously injured and a man hurt in an assault.”
“The enquiries are in early stages as officers work to piece together the full circumstances.”
“The injuries caused to our officer are unacceptable and will not be tolerated. We urge anyone who has any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to make contact.”
“Were you in the area of Belvoir Street or Bradbourne Road during the early hours of this morning?
“Did you see anything or do you have any information which you think may help us? Do you have CCTV in the area which could hold vital information? If there is anything at all which you think could help us, then please get in touch.”
Road closures were in place in Belvoir Street, Loughborough Road, Portsmouth Road and Bruin Street. These roads have since reopened.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Leicestershire Police on 101.