A thug has been jailed after leaving an elderly man with terrible injuries following a 'horrific' carjacking.

Callous Ian Gibbons, 37, hit the 88-year-old with his own Ford Fiesta twice - before driving over his legs.

The victim said he was left in 'excruciating' pain.

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Gibbons has now been jailed for 14 years.

Minshull Street Crown Court heard the victim was leaving Colmans Off-Licence on Halifax Road in Wardle on May 2 when he noticed Gibbons in the driver's seat of his Ford Fiesta.

The elderly man stood in front of his vehicle as Gibbons drove towards him and knocked him to the ground.

As he got to his feet and continued to stand in front of the vehicle in a bid to prevent his car from being stolen, Gibbons reversed and before driving at speed towards the victim.

He then hit the victim a second time before driving the car over his legs.

Police responding to the incident on Halifax Road in Rochdale

Gibbons left the elderly man lying in the road as he drove off, before abandoning the car on Belfield Old Lane.

In a statement, the victim said: "I recall feeling totally disoriented and in excruciating pain, with a number of people around me.

"I am utterly disappointed with the actions of the male who could clearly see that I am elderly and acted with menace to steal my vehicle and drove the vehicle at, and over, me causing grievous bodily harm.

"I would like to thank the police for their support throughout this investigation and I feel relieved that Gibbons will now be behind bars and cannot hurt anyone else."

Detective Constable Andrew Whitehill, of GMP Rochdale's Criminal Investigation Division, added: "Gibbons' callous and cowardly actions left an elderly man with serious and life-changing injuries.

"The victim showed incredible bravery and strength in not only fighting back against Gibbons' actions but also to be able to survive this kind of horrific attack.

"Thankfully today Gibbons has been put behind bars and I hope today's sentence provides a small sense of justice to the victim."

37, of Henderson Street, Rochdale,

Gibbons, of Henderson Street, Rochdale, was sentenced to 14 years after pleading guilty to section 18 assault; robbery; and dangerous driving.

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