Robber jailed over Pc hit by car
An armed robber who was in a getaway car which ran over a police officer, leaving him disabled, has been jailed for 19 years.
Christopher Jones, 22, was sentenced at Preston Crown Court after he was found guilty of taking part in a spate of armed cash-in-transit and bank robberies across the North West in 2009.
Jones, of Hale Road, Speke, Liverpool, was also charged with the attempted murder of Greater Manchester Police officer Gary Marshall at Partington Leisure Centre on October 19, 2009.
He was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent to resist arrest on the basis of joint enterprise after being identified as the passenger of a car used by a gang of raiders to run over Pc Marshall.
Jones appeared alongside Christopher Shaw, 29, of Cambridge Avenue, Crosby, and Raymond Mallen, 27, of Bakers Green Road, Huyton, charged with conspiracy to rob in a trial which lasted five and a half weeks.
Shaw was found not guilty of conspiracy to rob and the jury was unable to reach a verdict on Mallen, who will face a retrial early next year.
The three defendants were arrested and charged in 2010, following an extensive investigation into Merseyside-based organised crime groups by detectives from the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit (Titan).
In the incident at Partington Leisure Centre in Manchester, the gang failed to saw open a security van, and were disturbed by Pc Marshall.
After ramming his police van, the gang deliberately ran over him, leaving him critically injured.