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Two people have been arrested after a police officer was left with serious injuries in a suspected hit-and-run.

The officer was hit by a car after asking the driver to stop on Stanford Road in Grays, Essex, at around 8am on Saturday.

The driver drove off after hitting the officer, who was airlifted to hospital with serious, but non life-threatening injuries.

A 45-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man were both arrested.

An Essex Police spokesperson said: “Shortly before 8am on Saturday 31 October, we were alerted to reports that an officer had sustained serious injuries after a car had been in collision with them after it initially failed to stop when directed to by the officer.

“It is reported that the driver did then stop and then collided with the officer as they approached the car, before driving off.

“The officer was taken to hospital by air ambulance with injuries that are considered to be serious, but thankfully not life changing or life-threatening.

“A 45-year-old woman from Chadwell St. Mary has been arrested on suspicion of inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent, failing to stop and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

“A 22-year-old man from Grays has been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.