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Police officer ‘seriously injured’ by yob on e-scooter who crashed into cop and then fled on foot

A POLICE officer has been “seriously injured” after a yob crashed into them and fled on foot.

The cop was struck in Willesden, North West London, while on duty earlier today.

The force Tweeted: “Unfortunately today an officer for Willesden Green SNT was seriously injured by a male on an eScooter. 

“The rider has driven into the officer and then made off on foot. 

“The male was eventually located and arrested for multiple offences.”

Simon Ovens, from the Metropolitan Police’s road and transport policing command, has previously warned that e-scooters are "absolute death traps".

He also said officers have seized around 800 e-scooters this year alone - around four a day.

Tory MP Lord Blencathra, a former Home Office minister, has also slammed the vehicles - branding them "silent killing machines".

SCOOTER STATS

E-scooters have been more visible on busy roads in recent years as they gain popularity among commuters and young people.

But crashes have soared by around 700 per cent since 2018 when there were just four recorded e-scooter collisions.

In 2019, this rose to 32 but it is believed the true number could be much higher as riders using them in prohibited areas are unlikely to tell police they have had a collision.

In 2019, TV presenter and YouTube star Emily Hartridge was the first person the UK to die in an e-scooter crash.

The 35-year-old was killed instantly after she lost control of the vehicle due to a flat tyre and was thrown under a lorry in Battersea, South London.

In May this year, a three-year-old boy was seriously injured after being hit by an e-scooter while walking with his gran in London.

And a mum-of-three is now calling for under-21s to be banned from using them after she suffered horror injuries by a hit-and-run rider.

Joanna Johnson, wife of Rugby Football League chairman Simon Johnson, suffered serious nerve damage after the crash in North London.

She told the Daily Mail: "It came completely out of the blue as it was totally silent and I was knocked to the ground with severe force.

"People under 21 should be banned from e-scooters. These are silent, motorised vehicles capable of doing around 20mph and that is enough for a lethal impact, yet children are riding them on streets and pavements."

Crimes involving e-scooters have also risen in the UK as thugs use them as getaway vehicles.

Scotland Yard recorded more than 200 incidents in London last year after the government fast-tracked their legalisation for trials across 32 areas in UK.

Unbelievable moment cops pull over man trying to join 70mph motorway traffic on an e-scooter

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