A Grays man has been jailed for 14 years after the car he was in ran over a 16-year-old boy, causing him life-changing injuries.

Subhan Sajjad, 23, of Bradleigh Avenue, Grays, Essex, was sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court on Thursday March 8 along with Imran Habib, 20, of Wyatt Road, E7.

On 5 December 2015, at approximately 17:20hrs, police were called to reports of a fight in Plashet Road, E13.

The court heard how, shortly after the fight was reported, Sajjad and Habib drove away in an Audi A1, swapping drivers in St Anthony's Road.

They drove around local side streets before speeding up and driving into the victim, who was on a bike, causing him to fall to the ground.

Officers attended and found the 16-year-old boy unconscious on Bishops Avenue, E13 suffering from severe head and leg injuries.

He was taken to an east London hospital where he remained for two weeks until he was discharged.

Shortly after the incident, Mohammed Choudhary, 28, of Plashet Grove, E6, contacted police to report that his Audi A1 had been stolen. However police enquiries proved this was a false report and he was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

During his interview, he told officers that he had given his car to Haroon Ahmed, 22, of Barking Road, E13 who later passed it to Sajjad.

Choudhary went on to explain that after the incident happened, Sajjad called him to say the vehicle had been involved in the altercation and he should report the car as stolen to police in an attempt to unpin them from the scene.

On 13 July 2017, Choudhary was charged with perverting the course of justice for providing a false report to police regarding the vehicle.

On 28 February 2016, Sajjad was arrested for an unrelated matter and was further arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after CCTV evidence linked him to the incident. He was later charged with attempted murder on 1 July 2017.

Ahmed, who was wanted for attempted murder, was arrested by officers on 13 May 2016 after he was seen by officers in the E13 area driving a blue Maserati.

He made off from police before crashing his vehicle and attempting to run away. He was caught by officers and told them he was trying to avoid police as he knew he was wanted. He was charged on 13 July 2017 for helping Sajjad flee the scene.

Following house-to-house enquiries to identify Habib, he self-presented at an east London police station on 15 December 2016 where he was arrested on suspicion of murder. CCTV enquiries linked him to the scene and he was charged with attempted murder on 13 July 2017.

DI Robert Allen, from the Met's Trident and Area Crime Command said: "This was a tenacious and painstaking investigation which has seen four dangerous offenders brought to justice.

"The young victim suffered life-changing injuries and I hope this sentence brings him some measure of comfort and closure to the family."

Sajjad and Habib were each handed a 14 year prison sentence and a nine year driving disqualification for causing grievous bodily harm to the victim.

Choudary and Ahmed were jailed at the same court on Thursday, 15 March, for perverting the course of justice. They were handed 14 month and 16 month jail sentences respectively, and each given a two-and-a-half year driving disqualification.

Habib and Sajjad were in the car but it was never proved who was driving as neither gave evidence at trial. Therefore the judge sentenced both as if they were the driver as they failed to give an explanation.