Hunt for driver after police officer is run over

Freddie Field
Freddie Field

Attacker followed his victim for a mile before assault in city alleyway

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Detectives have named a man they are hunting after a car ploughed into a woman police officer.

She was on a cycle patrol in Sedgeley Close, Southsea, when the attack happened.

It is understood that the officer was trying to persuade the driver to stop when the car was driven into her.

The officer was taken to hospital to be treated for injuries. She was later discharged and is now recovering at home but has been left shaken by the incident.

Detectives today revealed details of the incident, which happened in Sedgley Close shortly before 9.30pm on Thursday, May 24, as they released a photograph of suspect Freddie Field, 27, from Portsmouth, who is wanted on suspicion of assaulting the officer.

The public are warned not to approach Field but instead call 999 if they spot him.

Police believe he is still in the Portsmouth area.

Detective Inspector Christopher Parry said: ‘We’re now able to release the name of a suspect and his photograph in an appeal for assistance from the public to locate him. The suspect’s name is Freddie Field, aged 27, of Portsmouth.

‘Although there is no information to suggest a specific threat to anyone else in the community at this time, our advice is that members of the public should not approach Mr Field if they see him.

‘Any sightings should be reported to the police immediately by phoning 999. We believe he is still in the Portsmouth area.’

Two men, aged 52 and 18, from Portsmouth, were arrested in Portsmouth in the early hours of Friday on suspicion of assisting an offender.

They were later released with no further action. The 52-year-old man was reported for summons for an unrelated traffic offence.