Glasgow & West Scotland

Hit-and-run police officer leaves intensive care

Police at scene

A female officer who was badly injured along with a colleague in a hit-and-run attack has left intensive care.

The officers were trying to speak to people inside a blue Nissan Qashqai in Glasgow on Sunday night when it was deliberately reversed into them.

Police have now said the vehicle, which was found burned out, had been stolen.

The 30-year-old female officer remains in hospital along with her 31-year-old male colleague. The incident is being treated as attempted murder.

The hit-and-run attack happened in Banner Drive, in the city's Knightswood area, at about 23:15 on Sunday.

The blue Nissan Qashqai which was used in the attack was found a short time later burned out in Lennox Gardens in the Scotstoun area of the city.

On Tuesday, police said that forensic officers were carrying out a detailed examination of the stolen Nissan car.

Detectives were also said to be scrutinising CCTV footage for additional information which could help their investigation.

Police Scotland said officers from throughout the force had conveyed their best wishes to their injured colleagues.

They also thanked members of the public for their messages of support, some of which had come from as far afield as the United States.

Police again asked anyone with information about the hit-and-run to get in touch.

On Monday, the Scottish Police Federation (SPF), which represents all ranks below superintendent, expressed solidarity with the officers but was also critical of the initial police response.

SPF chairman Brian Docherty questioned why Police Scotland had waited 12 hours before releasing details of the incident.

He also questioned why the force did not alert the media earlier and make appeals on social media sooner in a bid to trace those responsible.

Police Scotland denied that there were any unnecessary delays and said the facts surrounding the incident had to be fully established.

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