Motorist held after police officer fractures skull in Sainsbury’s car park hit and run

A motorist has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm after a police officer suffered a fractured skull in a hit and run collision.

Lincolnshire Police said the female officer had been speaking to a man in a black Nissan Juke car at a Sainsbury’s store in Grantham at around 9.40am on Wednesday when the car reversed and struck her.

The vehicle was then driven out of the car park and headed south on the A52 and out of the town.

The victim sustained head injuries and was taken to hospital but the full extent of her injuries are not yet known.

Police said officers pursued the 36-year-old suspect and arrested the man within the hour on suspicion of failing to stop at the scene of a road traffic collision.

He was then further arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm, dangerous driving, and possession of cannabis, the force added.

Chief Superintendent Jon McAdam said: “This was a shocking incident in which an officer was injured while simply carrying out their duties.

“We acted quickly to arrest the suspect and investigations are continuing.

“While we work to find out more about the incident, it’s worth repeating that it is never acceptable for officers to be assaulted and it should not be considered ‘part of the job’.

“It is a stark reminder of the dangers our staff face on a daily basis to help keep people safe.

“I’d urge anyone who saw the incident, or who has information or dashcam footage, to get in touch as it may help our investigation.”

The force have urged any witnesses to come forward by calling 101, quoting incident 95 of October 7.