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Man arrested following vehicle stop in Queen's Park

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Man arrested following vehicle stop in Queen's Park

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a car drove away from officers during a vehicle stop.

At around 21:10hrs on Thursday, 29 September, officers on patrol in the Kilburn area stopped a car in Ashmore Road, W9. This followed intelligence that the car was linked to gang activity.

The driver initially stopped, but then attempted to drive away. Officers smashed a window and attempted to detain the driver, but he made off towards Harrow Road and almost collided with the officers who had surrounded the car.

Fortunately, none of the officers, or any members of the public, were injured and a number of urgent enquiries were carried out to trace the driver.

A 19-year-old man was later arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, possession of a knife, possession of cannabis and driving offences. He remains in custody at a north London police station.

Detective Chief Superintendent Owain Richards, who leads the local policing team, said: "This reckless and dangerous behaviour could have resulted in an officer, or a member of the public, being seriously injured and it is a stark reminder of the dangers officers face as they work tirelessly to keep London safe.

"I have seen video online which shows officers using force to attempt to detain the driver. Our professional standards team has carried out an initial review which found the use of force was justified."