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Hammersmith and Fulham Police have thanked members of the community who took to Twitter to send good wishes to the woman police officer who was hit by a car in Shepherd's Bush Road on Thursday afternoon.

There were fears at first that she may have been seriously injured, but H&F Police confirmed last night that this was not the case.

The officer was knocked down after becoming involved in a car chase around 3.30pm.

Police had blocked the path of an orange car which was speeding up Shepherd's Bush Road with a squad car outside Hammersmith Library.

The car mounted the pavement and officers ran from the nearby police station to cut off the driver's escape.

The female officer stood in the road to block the car's path, but the driver knocked her down.

The car was then stopped almost immediately at Brook Green and the driver arrested.

At around 4.30pm, police tweeted @MPSHammful: " Shepherds Bush Rd is closed after 1 of our PC's was injured in a road accident. 1 arrested. PC is at hospital. Rd will open as soon possible"

Two hours later, they tweeted an update: " Pleased to report our colleague is not seriously injured but that doesn't lessen the seriousness of the incident."

Their account meanwhile was inundated with messages from the local community and colleagues in the ambulance service and the "police family" wishing her a speedy recovery.

In response, they tweeted: "Thank you for all the kind words. Will pass on wishes."

The incident led to the closure of Shepherd's Bush Road during the rush hour, leading to tailback on all local roads, but around 6.30pm TfL Traffic News tweeted @TfLTrafficNews: "Shepherds Bush Rd - The restrictions have been lifted. All lanes have now been RE-OPENED following an earlier police investigation. "

October 3, 2014