A police officer had to cling to the bonnet of a stolen car after it smashed into him in a hit-and-run.

The male PC, who is in his mid 20s, was mown down by a black Vauxhall Astra as the driver tried to escape from being questioned, it is alleged.

The brave officer had to cling on for 200 yards on the Astra's bonnet before having to throw himself to the floor to save his life.

Incredibly he sustained only bumps and bruises in the incident just outside the Tesco supermarket off Station Road in Hucknall just after 1am on Friday, March 23.

He returned to full duties on Wednesday, March 28.

Inspector Sean Konsek, local area commander for Hucknall, said: "The fact that this officer returned to duty so soon after what was a terrible experience shows his strength of character.

"He has four years policing behind him so is relatively early in his career, but, like any front line officer, there will be times when they are dealing with violent confrontations and other serious incidents which comes with a risk to their personal safety.

"This incident is being thoroughly investigated and we will catch all those involved."

The hit-and-run in Hucknall revived memories of the death of Ged Walker in January 2003 from severe head injuries after he tried to stop convicted drug addict David Parfitt trying to escape in a stolen taxi in Bulwell.

It also mirrors another incident in October 2006 when special constable Richard Mottram was severely injured after being dragged along Grindon Crescent, Bulwell Hall Estate.

He was crushed as he tried to stop a 22-year-old man driving off in a stolen car.

The latest incident took place after the officer and a colleague, in full uniform and in a marked car, were alerted to a group of three suspicious youths at the 24-hour Tesco store.

After the youths left the store, the two officers blocked the car park exit in a bid to question them.

It is alleged that the PC approached the vehicle with his hand raised but the car sped towards him, ploughing into his legs.

It transpired that the car had been stolen in Arnold earlier and was later found abandoned on Lime Tree Road in Hucknall.

Investigating officers have recovered CCTV footage from the Tesco car park which has been reviewed and suspects identified.

Witnesses are being asked to ring Notts police on 0115 967 0999 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. *A 15-year-old from Arnold appeared in court earlier this week charged with aggravated TWOC, dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance.