Carjacker’s confession

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Crime news

A terrified woman was dragged from her car by a robber who then stole it and led police on a chase.

Patrick Laverty, of Brunshaw Avenue, Burnley, pleaded guilty to charges of robbery and dangerous driving during an early guilty plea hearing at Preston Crown Court.

Police sources told the Evening Post he had dragged a woman from her car on the Capitol centre retail park at Walton-le-Dale near Preston on July 24 this year.

The 37-year-old then drove the stolen Vauxhall Corsa into Preston city centre.

He was quickly followed by police but led them on a pursuit on Ringway, Corporation Street and Fishergate.

The chase ended when Laverty collided with a police vehicle and he was arrested.

Today Det Insp Marc Nasser, of Leyland CID, said: “ This was a very serious incident which left the victim very distressed.

“She also suffered minor injuries.

“Shortly after Laverty stole the car our officers were on the scene pursuing him as he drove into Preston.

“Fortunately nobody was injured in the incident.”

Laverty was given conditional bail by the judge.

He is set to be sentenced on February 10, 2014.

His pleas came a month after Frankie Hawkins, 23, of Hawthorn Road, Preston, was jailed for six and a half years for carjacking a mum weeks earlier as she visited a relative in Avenham, on a Friday evening in June.

Hawkins, who had taken cocaine and valium, stole her Mercedes, and was involved in an “extraordinarily dangerous” police chase on the M6.