A police officer was knocked to the ground after a car was 'deliberately driven' at him during a stop in Blackburn.

The officer rolled onto the bonnet and hit the ground before the driver of the car crashed into another nearby vehicle.

Police were called just before 8pm on Tuesday, April 2, to New Chapel Street following reports that a black Volkswagen Polo mobility car – registration number PF73 FJX -  had been stolen sometime between March 26 and April 2.

As part of the investigation, an officer was carrying out enquiries in the Mill Hill area of Blackburn on Wednesday morning.

The officer spotted the car parked in Fred Pickering Place just before midday and went to the front of the car to speak to the driver.

Police say the car was then deliberately driven at the officer, causing him to go onto the bonnet and then onto the ground.

The driver then crashed the Volkswagen into a Seat Leon.

The officer was taken to hospital and his injuries are not life-threatening.

No arrests have been made currently and police are continuing to search for the stolen Volkswagen.

The driver is described as white, between 15 and 17 years old, slim, and with ‘blonde-brown’ curly hair down to his eyebrows.

Three passengers in the car at the time are described as white and between 15 and 17 years old. All four were dressed in black.

A police spokesperson said: “We would ask anybody with information or footage to contact us on 101, quoting log 484 of April 3.

“Report any sightings of the Volkswagen to us on 999. We would ask that you do not approach the vehicle if you see it parked up, or engage with it if you see it being driven around.”