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PC in carjack terror ‘faces a long battle’

A TRAFFIC officer who was run over with his own police BMW by a carjacker faces a ‘long battle’ to recover, his family said yesterday.

PC Gareth Phillips was last night in a stable condition in intensive care after being mown down and pinned under the wheels of his patrol car following the theft.

The 42-year-old policeman (pictured) suffered a broken pelvis, a head injury and several internal injuries during the incident in Moseley, Birmingham, on Saturday afternoon.

His family released a statement through the West Midlands Police, which he has served for 20 years, saying: ‘Gareth is still very poorly and faces a long battle to recover. What happened on Saturday demonstrates the dangers that officers face every day.’

Mubashar Hussain, 29, appeared at Birmingham magistrates’ court yesterday charged with attempted murder and 12 further offences, including four counts of assaulting PC Phillips’s fellow officers and two more car thefts.

He was in court alongside Ahsan Ghafoor, 24, who is accused of both car thefts involving Range Rovers, dangerous driving and driving without a licence.

Deputy district judge David Murray sent the case to be heard at the city’s crown court on September 9.