Police officer left with broken leg and concussion after illegal e-scooter crash

A man has been arrested after he crashed into a police officer in West London while riding an e-scooter, leaving the officer with a broken leg and concussion.

The incident happened on Willesden High Road at about 1pm on Saturday (July 31).

Police officers had been in the middle of a pre-planned operation to target the illegal use of e-scooters, which are now such a regular sight on the streets of the capital.

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Officers had asked the 22-year-old man riding an e-scooter to stop but he had ignored them and tried to ride by. The e-scooter then ploughed into a police officer, sending him crashing to the floor.

The police officer was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital, where he was found to have suffered both a broken leg and concussion.

The man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of grievous bodily harm, assault on an emergency worker, obstructing a drugs search, failure to stop, dangerous driving, driving without a license or insurance, breaching the terms of a prison sentence and being unlawfully at large.

Inspector Martin Robbie, of North West BCU, said: “Officers put themselves in the face of danger on a daily basis and an incident like this demonstrates this.

“I would like to remind the public that the use of e-scooters, unless subject to a government approved scheme, is prohibited and use upon public highways and spaces will be subject to enforcement and potential seizure of the e-scooter.”

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