Jail for Leeds car criminal branded ‘worst in city’

Ian Liversidge
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A NOTORIOUS car criminal has been jailed for his latest crime spree during which he injured a 90-year-old man, stole a taxi and terrified a mother as she was getting a baby out a car.

Ian Liversidge was jailed for three years by a judge who told him he had one of the worst records for car crime he had ever seen.

Leeds Crown Court heard a grandmother stopped outside Leeds railway station on April 15 this year to drop her daughter and baby granddaughter off.

Liversidge, 47, jumped into her Nissan Mirca and sped off as they were getting the toddler out of the vehicle.

Liversidge collided with a taxi as he drove away, leaving the family shocked and distressed.

Liversidge then struck again on April 27 when he stole a taxi from outside of the Hilton Hotel in Leeds city centre.

The driver had left the keys in the ignition while he went to help an elderly customer with her luggage.

He tried to grab hold of the door handle as Liversidge drove off but fell and injured his shoulder.

Police arrested Liversidge at his home after the incident and he told officers he had sold the cab to two men.

He was released on bail but struck for a third time in the car park of Headingley Golf Club on May 26.

He approached a 90-year-old man and told him that his tyre had a puncture. When the elderly victim got out to inspect the tyre Liversidge jumped into the car.

The victim tried to stop Liversidge but was knocked to the ground and needed hospital treatment.

The court heard the elderly man was now unable to carry on playing golf or go bowling with his friends as a result of his injuries.

In statement, read to the court on his behalf, he said: “I feel lonely. I used to drive and could go out and meet friends. “Because of the pain in my leg I am no longer able to go out and about.”

Liversidge, of Harehills Avenue, Leeds, pleaded guilty to three offences of aggravated vehicle taking and three of driving while disqualified.

The court heard he has 26 convictions for 87 offences dating back to the mid 1980s.

Most of the convictions are for drug and driving offences.

John Bachelor, mitigating, said much of Liversidge’s offending was linked to his addiction to heroin.

Mr Bachelor said his client had written to his victims and offered to meet with them to apologise for the trouble he had caused.

Jailing Liversidge, judge Geoffrey Marson, QC, said: “You are 47 years of age and you have one of the worst criminal records I have ever seen in relation to driving offences.”

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