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Man charged with attempted murder after police officer run over with own car – The Guardian

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A 29-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder after a police officer was run over with his own car, leaving him with “potentially life‑changing” injuries.

West Midlands police said the officer was being treated for head and pelvic injuries and would return to the operating theatre after emergency surgery on Saturday night.

Supt Tom Joyce said it was difficult to give a prognosis on the officer’s injuries. “They are certainly potentially life-changing – but we are relieved to say, we understand they are not believed to be life-threatening,” he said.

A police statement on Sunday evening said: “It’s alleged Mubashar Hussain hijacked a police car in Moorcroft Road, Moseley, Birmingham, at around 4.45pm and reversed into the officer, knocking him down, before driving over his body as he lay pinned under the vehicle.

“The 29-year-old, formerly of Sherwood Road in Hall Green, was arrested yesterday in the Sparkbrook area and has now been charged with a catalogue of offences, including attempted murder of the 42-year-old traffic cop.

“He also faces charges of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, a separate count of dangerous driving, wounding another officer who suffered a cut arm, four counts of assaulting other PCs, driving while disqualified, motoring offences and two car thefts.

“The car thefts relate to a Range Rover Sport stolen at around 4.30pm on Saturday and another Range Rover stolen in Birmingham the previous day.

“A second man, 24-year-old Ahsan Ghafoor, from Fulham Road in Sparkhill, has been charged with the same two car thefts, plus dangerous driving and other motoring offences.

“Both are set to appear at Birmingham magistrates court on Monday.”

The officer, who has been with the police force for 17 years, has yet to be named. His wife was informed and was with him in hospital.

The force said in a statement: “The officer – who has worked with West Midlands police for almost 20 years – has been in surgery and his condition is not considered life threatening. However, the long-term prognosis is currently unclear.”

The home secretary, Priti Patel, described the incident as a “sickening attack on our brave police officers”.

On Twitter, she said: “My thoughts are with the officer & his family. I wish him a good recovery & I am being kept informed of the situation following this attack.”

The event comes four days after Metropolitan police officer Stuart Outten, 28, was stabbed in the head with a machete after he attempted to stop a van driver suspected of having no insurance in Leyton, east London.

Muhammad Rodwan, 56, has been charged with the attempted murder of Outten and the possession of an offensive weapon.

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