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Man accused of trying to murder Pc who was run over appears in court

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The officer has undergone surgery since the incident on Saturday afternoon.

Police officer ran over in Birmingham

A man has appeared in court charged with attempting to murder a police officer who was run over while trying to stop a suspected car theft.

Mubashar Hussain is accused of the attempted killing of 42-year-old traffic officer Pc Gareth Phillips in an incident in Moorcroft Road, Birmingham, at about 4.45pm on Saturday.

The 29-year-old, who is charged with a total of 13 offences, appeared in the dock of Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on Monday flanked by security officers.

He spoke only to confirm his name, age and address and was told the offences were so serious they must be sent to the city’s crown court.

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 a 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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The thefts relate to a black Range Rover stolen on Friday, and a blue Range Rover Sport, taken on Saturday.

Representing Hussain, solicitor Abir Uddin said: “There will be a guilty plea to count number eight, to causing serious injury by dangerous driving.”

It is alleged Hussain stole a Range Rover Sport at about 4.30pm on the day the officer was injured and another Range Rover, taken the previous day.

Hussain, wearing a white t-shirt, appeared alongside 24-year-old Ahsan Ghafoor, formerly of Fulham Road, Sparkhill.

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Ghafoor, wearing a grey t-shirt, is accused of taking both Range Rovers, dangerous driving, and driving the Range Rover Sport without a licence and without insurance.

Prosecuting, Shazad Imam, said the matters should be sent to Birmingham Crown Court as it was the Crown’s case the men had acted “in concert” during the alleged offences.

Deputy district judge David Murray, hearing the case, said: “I will send all matters to the Crown Court sitting at Birmingham for the next appearance on the September 9, this year.”

He added: “I’ve sent these matters to the Crown Court and you will next appear there when matters will be expected to be ready to proceed to plea.

He added: “It is likely you will be produced via video-link, but that’s a matter for the judge, but I warn you if you fail to attend the court, the Crown Court will deal with you in a very different way.”

There was no application for bail.

Members of both men’s families had filled the public gallery at the back of the courtroom, and Hussain turned to exchange greetings as he was led up from the cells.

West Midlands Police revealed it had been flooded with messages of support on social media for the injured officer.

The veteran officer, who has served with the force for almost 20 years, has had surgery over the weekend and remains in hospital.

Although his condition is not life-threatening, the force said the longer term prognosis was as yet “unclear”.

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