Injured PC Gareth Phillips gets morale-boosting hospital visit from his beloved dog
The West Midlands Police traffic officer seriously injured when he was run over by a hijacked police car has thanked the public for their support – as he received a morale-boosting visit from his dog.
PC Gareth Phillips, aged 42, got to spend time with his 13-year-old chocolate labrador Diesel, who was allowed to visit the hospital to say hello and lift his spirits.
One of the first things that PC Phillips asked about after regaining consciousness was how Diesel was.
Supt Dave Twyford, head of Central Motorway Police Group, said: “Gaz would like to say thank you to all the hospital staff that saved his life.
“He’s got a shattered pelvis and is in pain, but is taking each day as it comes and is making small steps in his recovery.
“Having spoken to his family and his wife, knowing that people are supporting them locally and across the globe, it makes a huge difference to Gaz and his family.
“While it’s great to see Gaz slowly improving, his thoughts and prayers, and those of everyone in the wider policing family, are with the family and friends of PC Andrew Harper of Thames Valley Police, who was killed in the line of duty last week.”
PC Phillips was knocked down and driven over while trying to arrest a suspected car thief after tracing a stolen vehicle to Moseley in Birmingham on 10 August.
The police BMW was hijacked in Moorcroft Road, Moseley, at around 4.45pm and reversed into the officer, knocking him down, before driving over his body as he lay pinned under the vehicle.
Mubashar Hussain, aged 29, of no fixed address, was arrested in the Sparkbrook area a short time later and has appeared in court charged with the attempted murder of PC Phillips.