West Midlands Police (WMP) have asked for the public’s help to trace a male after a police officer was dragged for 50ft along a road by a car in Birmingham.
WMP has identified Mohammed Banaras as a prime suspect after the officer was pulled around 50ft on Percy Road, Sparkhill, on Saturday (8th August).
The officer had approached a suspicious vehicle at around 8 pm, and as he looked into an open window to speak to the driver, it made off.
The officer was pushed out of the moving vehicle at high speed as the Seat Ibiza fled the area, leaving the officer laying on the floor with his injuries.
He suffered cuts to his legs, arm and hips but was fortunately not seriously injured.
WMP want to speak to 25-year-old Banaras, from Tyseley, in connection with what happened.
Inspector Francis Nock said:
“It’s unacceptable for this to happen to a police officer as he goes about his role in keeping the public safe.
“It could have been much worse and we need anyone with information to come forward as soon as possible.”
You can contact WMP via Live Chat on their website, or call 101, and quote 20BE/187681Q/20.
The news of this incident comes five days before the 1-year anniversary of the death of PC Andrew Harper who was killed by three thieves after they dragged him behind their car at an average speed of 42.5 mph over a distance of 1.4 miles.
Henry Long (driving), Jesse Cole and Albert Bowers were all convicted of killing the much-loved and hugely popular police officer who died four weeks after getting married. PC Harper had been due to go on his honeymoon the week after he was killed by the career criminals.
This latest incident also marks one year to the day when PC Gareth Phillips was mowed down by a cowardly car thief who had stolen a police car. PC Phillips suffered serious injuries after Mubashar Hussain, from Hall Green, Birmingham, ran over the officer and left him for dead.
Hussain had stolen a Range Rover from a lone female but after PC Phillips stopped the vehicle, Hussain fought with the officer before stealing his unmarked police BMW.
has just returned to work on light duties after spending a year trying to recover from his serious injuries.
The family of PC Andrew Harper are calling for an ‘Andrew’s Law‘ which would see anyone who is convicted of killing an emergency worker spend at least 20 years in prison.
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