Two men charged with crushing police officer

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A POLICE officer is still in hospital with serious leg injuries after he was crushed against his own patrol car in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

The officer, who has not been named, was responding to a 999 call to investigate an alleged car-jacking of a taxi in Stony Stratford.

When police tracked down the taxi, a Volkswagen Passat, it is alleged it was reversed into the side of the squad car.

The Passat was then driven off at high speed and later found abandoned nearby.

The officer, who was standing outside the car at the time, was taken to Milton Keynes hospital.

He is said to be in a stable condition.

Two men have been charged in connection with the incident and were due to appear before Milton Keynes Magistrates this week.

Ashley Barber, 29, of Carron Court, Bletchley and Dale Whiteside, 31, of Pinders Croft, Greenleys, have both been charged with Section 18 GBH in connection to the injuries sustained by the police officer in Hodge Lea Lane.

They have both also been charged with robbery in connection with the theft of a VW Passat taxi in High Street, Stony Stratford.

Barber has also been charged with aggravated vehicle taking as a passenger and Whiteside has been charged with aggravated vehicle taking as a driver.

Two women were also arrested in connection with the incident. Aged 24 and 27, they have been bailed to appear back at the police station on February 20.

Another 39-year-old man who was arrested has been released without further charge.

> Police are still gathering evidence and are keen to speak to a man who was seen on CCTV walking along Hodge Lea Lane at 3.10am, when the incident happened.

They believe he is a valuable witness and are urging him to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.