Shocking video shows car thief threaten to 'bang' police officers after 'dragging OAP down the road'

Horrific video footage showing the aftermath of a car snatch which saw an OAP "dragged all the way down the road" has been released by police.

An 87-year-old man sustained a bleed on the brain and a 'de-gloved' thumb as he tried to stop a thief stealing his car, TeessideLive reports. The pensioner had returned to his Bishop Auckland home and parked his car on March 16 when he saw prolific criminal Aiden Kenny jump in the vehicle and begin to drive away.

In an effort to stop the theft, the man grabbed hold of the vehicle, but Kenny, formerly of Skelton, Teesside, continued driving - causing the OAP to fall. The man was then "dragged" along the road before he let go and sustained various serious injuries, including a bleed on the brain and a "degloved" thumb.

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The man went on to spend six days in hospital and has since been "robbed of his independence", as previously reported by Chronicle Live . After stealing the car, Kenny went on to smash into a wall - writing the vehicle off - and was abusive to the police who arrived at the scene. He then made "obscene" comments about the officers' children before spitting in their faces.

The footage shows the thug asking officers to ‘take him home’ and that he “doesn’t want to be here” as he’s detained by officers. But he later turns violent saying: “You either take me home or I’ll start stabbing yas.”

Wearing a yellow Under Armour top and rosary beads, the footage also sees Kenny get up onto his knees and demand: “Who you laughing at?” “Get the f*** away from me before I start banging yas,” he adds.

On Tuesday, Kenny, of no fixed address, appeared at Durham Crown Court to be sentenced for aggravated vehicle taking, causing serious injury by dangerous driving, dangerous driving, and two counts of assaulting an emergency worker. The 22-year-old had pleaded guilty to the offences.

The court heard that the elderly victim parked outside of his home in Escomb and approached his door before hearing the car move away. Jon Harley, prosecuting, said: "He turned round and saw the defendant reversing his car down a side road, towards the main road with the passenger side door open."

The man then grabbed onto the driver side door while telling Kenny to "stop". But Kenny accelerated away, causing the man to "lose his footing and fall to the floor". Mr Harley continued: "He was dragged by the car briefly before letting go. His next recollection is being in the ambulance as he was taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital."

As a result of the incident, the man sustained a bleed on the brain and a "degloved" thumb which required stitches. He also suffered grazing to his face and nose, as well as bruising to his legs and arms. The victim's daughter later heard of the incident and ran to his home, finding him covered in blood on the ground.

The man then grabbed onto the driver side door while telling Kenny to "stop". But Kenny accelerated away, causing the man to "lose his footing and fall to the floor". Mr Harley continued: "He was dragged by the car briefly before letting go. His next recollection is being in the ambulance as he was taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital."

As a result of the incident, the man sustained a bleed on the brain and a "degloved" thumb which required stitches. He also suffered grazing to his face and nose, as well as bruising to his legs and arms. The victim's daughter later heard of the incident and ran to his home, finding him covered in blood on the ground.

Mr Harley added: "He was aggressive, threatening to assault them and making obscene comments about their children. He continued to threaten to boot them in the face and spat in a police officers face. The spit also hit another PC." Kenny had 13 previous convictions, including for assaulting emergency workers and drink driving.

Jonathan Walker, defending, said Kenny had shown "contrition and remorse" in a pre-sentence report and wanted to give a "genuine and heartfelt apology" to the victim. He said: "It is tangible shame he feels...he is extremely grateful that members of [the victim's] family are present to hear his expression of remorse".

Sentencing Kenny, Judge Jo Kidd said the incident had "robbed" the victim of his independence and that his "quality of life has been significantly reduced by your actions". Kenny was jailed for 40 months and banned from driving for 44 months. He must sit and extended test if he wants his licence back.