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Hunt for ‘armed man’ who 'deliberately drove into police officers'

Two police officers have been taken to hospital after a man ‘intentionally struck’ them with a car.

Detectives are searching for the driver, who they say was suspected of carrying a knife and after being approached by policemen, got into a white 4×4 before driving towards them.

The Metropolitan Police said the incident occurred close to Camden Market in north London on Sunday morning at 2.30am.

The driver did not stop at the scene and made off on Adelaide Road towards Swiss Cottage.

The two male police constables were taken to a north London hospital for treatment, with their injuries deemed to be not life-threatening or life-changing.

Both have since been discharged from hospital while police try to trace the driver and his passengers.

Officers said the suspect is described as a black male, around 6ft tall with a beard, wearing black clothing and a beanie hat.

The passengers are described as two black females, with one wearing high heel black boots, a black leather jacket and red skirt, while the other was wearing dark clothing including a long skirt and black boots, and had her hair in a ponytail.

No arrests have been made.

Detective Sergeant Toby Reynolds said: ‘Finding the vehicle in question is at the centre of our investigation.

‘This white 4×4 will have significant damage to its rear so if this description stands out to you then I need you to tell us.’

BCU commander for Camden and Islington Raj Kohli said: ‘Our officers go to work every day to protect Londoners and the many visitors to the capital.

‘Last night, two of these officers attempted to carry out a routine stop after concerns were raised by a member of the public that a man had a knife.

‘This man drove a car towards the officers without any consideration for what the outcome might be.

‘It is only a matter of luck that neither officer suffered even more serious injuries than those they sustained.

‘I would urge anyone with information to come forward and speak with us.’

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