Fundraising page for officer who is facing "life-changing injuries" after being run over hits £13,000

A fundraising page set up for a police constable who is facing "life-changing injuries" after he was run over by a suspected car thief has raised nearly £14,000.

Pc Gareth Phillips has undergone surgery for his injuries but he remains seriously ill and could be in hospital for several months, West Midlands Police said.

Colleagues have set up a JustGiving page to support his family through the"difficult times that are to follow".

More than 790 people have donated to the page so far, reaching almost £14,000.

Now, the total targer on the fundraising page has been increased to £15,000 after the original £10,000 target was smashed.

The 42-year-old officer was injured during a traffic stop in Birmingham onSaturday 10 August, after his police car had been stolen.

Pc Phillips was then involved in a collision with his vehicle and at one point was pinned beneath the BMW car.

The traffic officer was on Moorcroft Road in Moseley, at 4.45pm tracing a suspected stolen Range Rover Sport which was taken just minutes earlier from a woman on a shopping trip. Credit: SnapperSK

Mubashar Hussain appeared in court charged with the traffic officer's attempted murder following the incident, which occurred in Moorcroft Road at about 4.45pm on Saturday.

The 29-year-old has been charged with a total of 13 offences after his arrestin the nearby Sparkbrook area of the city.

Hussain, formerly of Sherwood Road, Hall Green, Birmingham, is alleged to have caused serious injury by dangerous driving, dangerous driving on the city's A41 Warwick Road, and wounding another police officer who suffered a cut arm.

He is accused of taking the police BMW without the owner's consent and driving it without a licence.

Hussain is further accused of four counts of assaulting other constables, driving while disqualified and two car thefts.

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