Car crush crook left victim lying injured in Leeds street

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A thief who crushed a man between the car he was stealing and another vehicle as he clung on for his life has been jailed.

The victim was left seriously injured in the street by Philip Tomlinson.

He had been demonstrating the Vauxhall Zafira car to Tomlinson, who had posed as a prospective buyer and agreed to meet in Cardigan Road, Burley, Leeds, on December 7 last year.

Tomlinson, 43, of Nowell Place, Harehills, decided to steal the car after spotting it on a classified advertising website.

After being shown around the vehicle by the 58-year-old man - who was demonstrating it for his boss - Tomlinson suddenly got behind the wheel and drove out of the Centre compound with the man clinging on to the vehicle.

He then crashed the Vauxhall into another car, a Zafira, that was waiting in traffic nearby and pinned the victim between the moving vehicle and the other car as he drove off.

The victim was kept in Leeds General Infirmary for over a fortnight and had to undergo surgery for his injuries.

The car was later found abandoned in Ivy Mount, East End Park.

Police circulated a description of the theft and detectives traced him after their enquiries identified a car spares business where he had sold one of the vehicles.

Tomlinson pleaded guilty to wounding and aggravated vehicle taking at Leeds Crown Court.

He was sentenced to three and a half years in prison.

Tomlinson also admitted other Leeds offences over a two-week period in November and December last year where he had posed as a prospective buyer to steal vehicles in Halton Moor, Little London, Oakwood, and Harehills.

Det Chief Insp Dan Greenwood, of West Yorkshire Police, said: “Tomlinson’s dangerous actions put his victim through a terrifying ordeal which left him with very serious injuries.

“The consequences could have so easily been much worse.

“We hope the fact he has now been sent to jail will serve as some source of comfort to his victim.”

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