Man on the run after chase involving up to 10 police cars in Dereham

Aldiss Park, the home of Dereham Town Football Club, which is close to where the incident ocurred.

Aldiss Park, the home of Dereham Town Football Club, which is close to where the incident ocurred. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Police dog teams are still searching for a man on the run in Dereham who assaulted a police officer after a pursuit.

Chief Inspector Paul Wheatley. Photo: Morgan Hollis.

Chief Inspector Paul Wheatley. Photo: Morgan Hollis. - Credit: Morgan Hollis

Police stopped a blue Volkswagen Polo on Norwich Road this morning near the football club, after they received a report that the driver appeared to be driving under the influence of alcohol.

The three men inside were known to police and tried to flee.

Two were arrested but a third assaulted an officer by kicking him in the groin and head and ran off.

Around 10 police cars are thought to have attended and dog teams are now actively looking for the suspect.

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The two men who were arrested were detained and have now been released.

Chief Insp Paul Wheatley at Dereham police station said the men are believed to be linked to drugs activity.

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'The officer ended up getting checked out in A&E but he is fine,' he said. 'Because of the assault he put out a call to all officers in the area so that is why there was a heavy police presence.

'Police were initially called because there were reports of a man who appeared to be drunk getting into a car and driving off but when the car was stopped it was clear the men were known to police from the Norwich area.'

Chief Insp Wheatley said the public were not at risk from the man on the run but if anyone saw anyone acting suspiciously they should call the police.

'There were two burglaries yesterday on Dunlop Road and we are particularly interested in hearing from anyone who has seen groups of men acting suspiciously,' he said.

'We will continue to look for the man and will concentrate on areas in Norwich as well.'

District councillor Alison Webb, who represents the Dereham Neatherd ward, said it was 'quite shocking' to hear of the drama.

'You don't expect that sort of thing to happen in Dereham,' she said. 'If police are reassuring us that he is not dangerous then I won't worry too much but it certainly doesn't happen too often.

'It is encouraging to hear that the police are doing a good job.'

Anyone with information on the incident should call Norfolk police on 101.

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