Hit-and-run suspect arrested in Linby

A MAN arrested in Linby has been charged in connection with a hit-and-run in which a volunteer police officer suffered a broken leg.

Lee Ashton (24), of Mosswood Crescent, Bestwood Estate, appeared at Nottingham Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

He is charged with wounding, burglary and theft. He was remanded in custody and will next appear at Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday November 29.

The allegations faced by Ashton stem from when a female Special Constable responded to reports of an altercation on Shakespeare Street in Nottingham city centre at 2.30 am last Sunday (November 13).

As she arrived, three men — two on foot and one in a blue Peugeot car — fled the scene.

There was a collision between the car and the officer. But the driver failed to stop, leaving the ‘Special’ injured on the ground.

She was taken to hospital and has undergone surgery for a triple-break of her leg. She remains in a stable condition.

Ashton was arrested in the quiet village of Linby, on Waterloo Road, at 10 pm last Saturday. It is not known why he was there.

After the hit-and-run, Nottinghamshire’s Assistant Chief Constable Paul Scarrott vowed to bring the driver to justice.

He said: “I utterly condemn the reckless actions of the driver and his wilful disregard for the officer’s safety.

“I am confident the whole community will share my sense of shock and anger.

The car involved in the alleged hit-and-run later ploughed into a wall at the junction of Peel Street and Waverley Street in the city.

Officers have been trawling trough CCTV footage and want to speak to anyone who saw the Peugeot in the run-up to the collision.

It is believed the car was stolen from the Bestwood area between 7.15 pm and 8.30 pm last Saturday

Anyone with information is asked to ring police on their new non-emergency number, 101, or call the free and confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.