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Burglar Carl Anderson jailed for crushing PC Peter McGinn

Carl Anderson
Image caption Anderson admitted wounding with intent and carrying out 12 burglaries

A burglar who crushed a police officer as he tried to stop him driving off after a break-in has been jailed.

PC Peter McGinn, 44, suffered leg and hip injuries and needed surgery after hitting a lamppost in Birmingham at about 35mph.

Carl Anderson, 50, of Aston, admitted wounding with intent and was jailed for 12 years at Birmingham Crown Court.

Anderson also admitted 12 burglaries, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and without insurance.

West Midlands Police said PC McGinn had been called to a shed break-in in Compton Road in Erdington in June.

As Anderson tried to make his getaway, the officer held on to the open driver's door and tried to grab the keys from the ignition.

Prosecutor Robert Price said Anderson responded by stamping "heavily on the accelerator".

Other officers at the scene described the car's engine "screaming" and its tyres "screeching" as it "arced across the road towards a lamppost", Mr Price said.

PC McGinn was crushed between the door and the lamppost

'Full recovery'

The officer said he thought he was going to die at the scene and told fellow officers who came to help him to tell his family that he loved them.

He had a six-hour emergency operation to insert metal pins and plates into his left leg and hip.

Image caption PC Peter McGinn had metal pins and plates inserted into his left leg and hip

He also had artificial ligaments inserted in his shattered knee.

Pc McGinn said he was determined to return to work "as soon as possible".

"I'm remaining positive and intend to make a full recovery," he said. "The support I've received from colleagues, friends in and out of the job, plus family has been overwhelming.

"I am pleased that justice has been concluded and I can now concentrate on recovery, which is going to be a lengthy process."

Sentencing, Judge Melbourne Inman QC told Anderson: "You set about quite deliberately to escape.

"Having done that you continued to drive dangerously at another police car.

"You made your eventual escape and when arrested declined to cooperate."

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