Officer 'dragged along road' by rogue car

A police officer was dragged along a road in Middlesbrough after attempting to confiscate car keys from a suspected criminal.

A black Saab car was stopped on Albert Road shortly before 5am this morning by two police officers who believed it was wanted in connection with a theft.

One of the officers was speaking to the driver and tried to take the keys. The driver tried to get away, dragging the policeman a 'short distance' along the road.

The other officer was hit by the car as it fled the scene.

Both were taken to hospital - one with head and neck injuries, the other with minor injuries. They have now been discharged.

Two men, aged 32 and 24, were arrested on suspicion of assault. The 24-year-old was also arrested on suspicion of obstructing police.

Anyone with information should contact Cleveland Police on 101.