Police Officer Flung from Getaway Van

Dramatic footage of the moment a Birmingham police officer was flung to the ground as he tried to stop a getaway van has been released today as detectives appeal for help to solve the case. Officers were called to a tile company in Upper Balsall Heath Road following reports of a burglary in progress. When response officers arrived minutes later PC Gareth Lowe spotted a van near the scene and approached the passenger door. As he grabbed the handle the vehicle began to accelerate away and, despite clinging on as it gathered speed, he was thrown to the floor. More information at www.west-midlands.police.uk