Page last updated at 15:55 GMT, Saturday, 11 April 2009 16:55 UK

Police officer seriously injured

Map showing Ashlin Road in east London

An armed policeman has suffered life-threatening injuries as he tried to tackle a suspected armed robber.

The officer, aged in his 30s, was trying to stop the suspect in Newham, east London, when he suffered head injuries.

The Pc, with the Met's firearms unit, is said to be in a critical condition.

During the incident a police patrol car was rammed by a car and two officers received minor injuries. Three people have been arrested.

Officers had initially been called to reports of an aggravated burglary in Dagenham in east London at 0616 BST, where the victim said the suspects had been armed.

When police arrived a number of people escaped in a silver Chrysler.

It stopped in Leytonstone High Street where one man ran off before it stopped again in Ashlin Road at about 0643 BST.

Inquiries continue

The officer then got out of his car and sustained serious head injuries.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said "inquiries continue to establish the circumstances" of how he was injured.

As the Chrysler tried to get away again, it rammed a marked police vehicle.

Two police officers, both Newham borough Pcs, sustained minor injuries.

Three people in the Chrysler, two men aged 19 and 26, and a 21-year-old woman, have been arrested.

Det Ch Insp Mick Broster said: "We're investigating a serious incident that has left a police officer with life-threatening injuries.

"We are appealing for anyone with information or any witnesses to the incident in Ashlin Road to please come forward as soon as possible."



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