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Police officer who was injured after being run over gets morale-boosting hospital visit from his beloved dog

Pc Gareth Phillips received a visit in hospital from his Labrador Diesel. Credit: West Midlands Police

A police officer who was seriously injured when he was run over by a hijacked police car, has thanked the public for their support - as he received a morale-boosting visit from his dog.

42-year-old Pc Gareth Phillips got to spend time with his 13-year-old chocolate Labrador Diesel, who was allowed to visit the hospital to say hello and lift his spirits.

Pc Phillips was knocked down and driven over while trying to arrest a suspected car thief after tracing a stolen vehicle to Moseley in Birmingham on 10 August.

The police BMW was hijacked in Moorcroft Road, Moseley, at around 4.45pm and reversed into the officer, knocking him down, before driving over his body as he lay pinned under the vehicle.

One of the first things that Pc Phillips asked about after regaining consciousness was how dog Diesel was.

The traffic officer was in 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

Supt Dave Twyford, head of Central Motorway Police Group, said:

Gaz would like to say thank you to all the hospital staff that saved his life.

He’s got a shattered pelvis and is in pain, but is taking each day as it comes and is making small steps in his recovery.

Having spoken to his family and his wife, knowing that people are supporting them locally and across the globe, it makes a huge difference to Gaz and his family.

While it’s great to see Gaz slowly improving, his thoughts and prayers, and those of everyone in the wider policing family, are with the family and friends of PC Andrew Harper of Thames Valley Police, who was killed in the line of duty last week.”

– Supt Dave Twyford, head of Central Motorway Police Group

Mubashar Hussain, aged 29, of no fixed address, was arrested in the Sparkbrook area a short time after the incident and has appeared in court charged with the attempted murder of Pc Phillips.

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