Stoke & Staffordshire

Two Cheadle men jailed for torching hit-and-run car

Jessica Harrison (pic: Staffordshire Police)
Image caption Jessica Harrison was walking to meet her father when she was struck, police said

Two men have been jailed for their part in a plot to burn out a car after a hit-and-run in which a teenager died.

Barry Hardy, now 26, from Cheadle, Staffordshire, was jailed for eight years in 2010 after Jessica Harrison, 17, was struck in January last year.

Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard he enlisted the help of Daniel Purcell, 25 and Liam Ward, 21, both from Cheadle, who each received 12-month terms.

They pleaded guilty to conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

Mobile phone analysis

Ms Harrision died from head injuries when she was struck by a Ford Escort as she walked to meet her father in Mill Road, Cheadle, Staffordshire Police said.

The abandoned Escort was later found burned out.

The three men were charged following detailed mobile phone analysis by detectives.

Commenting on the sentences, Det Ch Insp Tim Martin said the pair "have been made to pay for their attempt to frustrate the police investigation into a serious crime that led to the death of a young woman in the prime of her life".

He added: "Hopefully, today's sentences will bring some comfort to Jessica's family and friends and serve as a warning to those tempted to help other criminals in the future."

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