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Teenager hit police officer with stolen £150k Porsche Macan after Sheerness super car raid


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A teenager who drove at police officers in a stolen £150,000 Porsche, has been sent to a Young Offender's Institution for three-and-a-half years.

Tye Harding, 19, and pal Francis Ford, 25, were part of a four-strong gang which broke into a storage area at Sheerness - and took two Porsches worth a total £300,000.

Tye Harding
Tye Harding

One of the vehicles, a Carrera, was later damaged and abandoned after the raid on October 2021- but police officers spotted Harding at the wheel of a black Macan near Southern Ltd's GB Terminal.

Prosecutor Eleanor Scott-Davies told Maidstone Crown Court how they followed the Porsche as it turned into a dead end.

As an officer went to speak to the driver, the vehicle reversed at speed injuring him, she added.

"This happened at midnight when four males approached the terminal which was storing imported vehicles. Ford and Harding got access via a public footpath and then cut a metal fencepost before squeezing through a gap and into the compound," she said.

The gang were caught on CCTV which revealed Ford removing a CCTV camera and they then used a VW transporter to move around the site.

She added: "Two Porsches, a Macan and a pale-blue Carrera, worth £150,000, were taken. The Macan is then rammed through a fence before exiting onto Brielle Way. It was located nearby, damaged and with a flat tyre.

"The Carrera was later seen driving erratically, swerving over the road. It was followed to Windsor Drive, a cul-de-sac before stopping. "

The prosecutor said as PC Paul Halliday went to speak with the driver, the car "suddenly reversed at high speed" and he was unable to get out of the way before being struck by a wing mirror.

Harding, who who was at the wheel, then went forward before reversing a second time and hitting the police car.

Ms Scott-Davies added that Harding was then seen putting his hands in the air saying: "I give up". He was later searched and found to have a number of car keys, including one for the stolen Macan.

"Harding later laughed after being told both the vehicles were being written off, " she added.

Francis Ford
Francis Ford

Harding, 19, of no fixed address and Ford, 25, of Frobisher Close, Milton Regis, Sittingbourne admitted the thefts.

Ford, a painter and decorator, said he was suffering from Oppositional Defiant Disorder - a behaviour disorder which makes people uncooperative, defiant, and hostile towards authority figures.

Harding was sent to a Young Offender's Institution for 42 months for the theft, driving while disqualified and assault on emergency workers. He was also banned from driving for 54 months.

Ford - who also admitted stealing a TV and other items from Tesco,was jailed for 28 months and ordered to repay £470 to the supermarket chain after his release.

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