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The police officer was taken to hospital with arm and leg injuries Getty

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a police officer was hit by a car in an alleged deliberate hit-and-run. The 39-year-old constable was on a cycle patrol in south London on Wednesday (16 March) when he dismounted and attempted to stop a black Vauxhall Meriva.

The Met Police say the vehicle then "appeared to deliberately run over the officer" sending him flying over the bonnet before falling to the ground. The incident occurred at about 2.45pm in Kennington Park Road, Lambeth, saw the suspects speed off in the direction of Peckham while the injured officer lay in the road.

Police subsequently located the car less than an hour later abandoned in nearby Frederick Crescent. Two men, aged 23 and 22, have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remain in custody at a south London police station.

The officer was taken by ambulance to a south London hospital with leg and arm injuries. He has since been discharged and is now recovering at home. Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Detective Sergeant Ranjit Sekhon, from the RTPC, said: "I would urge anyone who witnessed either the collision or the car speeding away to contact us. I would also like to speak with anyone who saw two men running from the car after it was parked in Frederick Crescent.

"It is extremely fortunate that the officer, who was attempting a routine traffic stop, was not more seriously injured. It is important that we speak with as many people as possible to piece together the moments leading up to the collision."

Anyone with information is asked to contact the witness appeal line on 020 8543 5157 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.