Man who drove over police locked up

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A robber who conspired to ambush a security van in Lancaster and then ran over a police officer in the getaway car has been jailed for almost nine years.

Simon Shaw, 36, and his accomplices in two stolen vehicles followed a security van belonging to Green Team Services Ltd into Lancaster with the intention of robbing it.



Once on King Street, in the centre of Lancaster, the driver of the security van spotted he was being followed and alerted police.

When the officers attempted to stop the two cars on September 27 last year, both vehicles bearing false number plates, tried to get away by speeding off, with Shaw hitting one of the police officers.

Preston Crown Court heard the officer had a lucky escape and was not seriously injured.

Jailed for eight years and eight months, Shaw, of Whitemoss Avenue, Normoss was said to have acted in a “dangerous and reckless” manner.

Det Sgt Fiona Jackson of Lancashire Police said: “Credit must go to the vigilant security officers who were working that day and alerted the police to the vehicles, thus preventing the robbery from taking place. Shaw’s actions were dangerous and reckless, placing members of the public and police at risk of harm.

“I am thankful no one was seriously injured.

“This was a serious and organised crime, and I welcome the lengthy custodial sentence given to him today.”

The court heard Shaw was arrested six weeks after the foiled robbery, after his DNA was found on a pair of gloves close to an abandoned Audi TT.

Prosecutors said Shaw abandoned the vehicle on Knowsley Road, Lancaster, before disappearing into nearby countryside.

He denied all the charges but was found guilty by a jury last month.

Shaw was jailed for eight years for conspiracy to commit robbery and eight months consecutively for the unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle.