This is the image the wife of a police officer who was seriously hurt in a hit and run in east London wants you to see.

The shocking image shows John Casey was struck near the M11 in Chigwell as he tried to stop a car using a stinger.

Police say the grey Mini Cooper was being driven erratically on false number plates and the officer was lucky not to have been killed.

Pc Casey’s wife released the image in an appeal to find the driver.

Detective Sergeant Jose-Paulo Qureshi of the Met Police has released a statement reading “The suspects fled the scene, despite knowing they had hit an officer, leaving him seriously injured in the road.

“We are working around the clock to find the people responsible.

“I would appeal to those who were involved to do the right thing and hand yourself in”.

Police are appealing for anyone who saw a grey Mini with a ’67’ number plate in the Woodford Green or Chigwell areas just after midnight on Monday, 6 January to get in touch.

Two men, aged 29 and 24, have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. They have both been released under investigation.

Pc Casey remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital and is being looked after by specialist officers.

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