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Injured PC Gaz Phillips helps WMP remember with poppies for police cars

The West Midlands Police officer critically injured after being run over by a car thief in Birmingham has arranged for colleagues’ patrol cars to be adorned with poppies for Remembrance Day.

PC Gaz Phillips is continuing his long road to recovery at home after being run over by a stolen car in August, but for the second year running he’s secured 100 poppies to go on the marked cars of his fellow Central Motorway Police Group officers.

A CMPG car displaying the poppy
A CMPG car displaying the poppy
Cars lined up with their poppies
Cars lined up with their poppies

PC Phillips volunteered to arrange for the commemorative stickers, which were supplied free of charge by a local sign company in Aston.

Supt Dave Twyford, head of roads policing in the West Midlands, said: “It’s something that it’s important to him and the department, and Gaz is keen to help out where he can while he’s still recovering.

PC Phillips still has a lengthy road to recovery ahead
PC Phillips, seen here with his dog Diesel, still has a long recovery ahead of him

“Gaz is continuing to improve and recover and continues to be really grateful for all the kind messages from well-wishers.”

Last month, the driver who ran over PC Phillips was jailed for 12 years after admitting grievous bodily harm with intent to resist arrest.

PC Phillips is hoping to return to work in the future.

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