Police rider in hospital after crash

The scene on the A32 southbound. The police stood the motorbike up following the accident
The scene on the A32 southbound. The police stood the motorbike up following the accident
The crash happened in Cavell Drive

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A POLICE biker is in hospital with serious injuries after being involved in an accident while on duty.

The 52-year-old PC was riding his police motorbike southbound on the A32 towards Fareham when he was in collision with a green Citroen C5 estate car near to the Pook Lane junction at about 1.40pm yesterday.

The male car driver has been arrested and was last night helping police with their enquiries.

The A32 Wickham Road was shut in both directions between North Hill and Knowle Road and the M27 junction 10 was also closed in both directions.

Debris from the collision was scattered across the road and the car was next to the central reservation as officers carried out their investigations around the scene.

Chief Inspector Cleaven Faulkner said: ‘At the time of the collision, the officer was involved in a training exercise.

‘As a consequence of that collision, the police officer has sustained serious injuries.

‘The driver of the car was a member of the public.’

Ch Insp Faulkner would not identify the nature of the training the officer was carrying out.

But he added: ‘The details of how it happened is subject to the investigation at the moment.

‘He is one of our colleagues but we are treating it exactly as we would if it involved anyone else.

‘We will be paying particular attention though to how the bike was being ridden and what the rider was doing at the time of the collision.’

The PC was transferred to Southampton General Hospital by ambulance with serious head injuries, but the full extent of his injuries was not known last night. He has not been identified by his colleagues.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to the crash. Anyone with information should contact the Fratton roads policing unit, quoting operation Halsey, on 101 or alternatively you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. The roads were reopened at around 5.30pm.