Bedford man jailed for driving into men, twice

28 March 2019, 19:18 | Updated: 28 March 2019, 19:22

Purdeep Panesar

A man from Bedford who deliberately drove into two men, twice - has been jailed.

In May 2017, Purdeep Panesar, 27, sped past two pedestrians trying to cross London Road; but Mr Panesar reversed back at them after the pair gestured towards him.

After crashing into them, Mr Panesar, of Bluebell Close, mounted the pavement and tried to crash into them again ... the victims somehow escaped with minor injuries.

He's been found guilty of various offences including GBH and dangerous driving; and jailed for 4 years.


A motorist who deliberately ran over two men has been jailed for four years.
Purdeep Panesar, 27, of Bluebell Close, Bedford, was found guilty at Luton Crown Court today (Thursday) following the incident in Bedford in May 2017.

At around 9.40pm, CCTV captured Panesar speeding past two pedestrians who were attempting to cross London Road, who then gestured towards Panesar's BMW M3 vehicle.

Panesar then reversed back along the road and deliberately crashed into the two men.

As they attempted to escape, Panesar then mounted the pavement and tried to hit them with his car again before driving off. Fortunately the victims of the attack only suffered minor injuries.

Panesar was found guilty of attempted grievous bodily harm (GBH), attempted GBH with intent to cause harm, and dangerous driving.

He was sent to prison for 4 years for both GBH offences, to run concurrently, and an 18-month concurrent sentence for the dangerous driving.

Detective Constable Aroop Nandre, said:

"It is by sheer luck that the victims did not suffer more serious injuries in this appalling attack.

Panesar deliberately used his car as a weapon. The two parties were not known to one another and it is a real concern that

Panesar would resort to this level of violence in the heat of the moment.

Whilst this was not pre-meditated, this sort of action cannot be tolerated and I hope that Panesar reflects on his actions while he is behind bars."