Car thief jailed after crashing into cyclist during high-speed police chase, throwing him 30ft into air

Cyclist Jack Talbot making a good recovery from his injuries

John Burns was given a nine-and-a-half years sentence after crashing into a cyclists while fleeing from police

(Image credit: Cumbria Police)

A car thief who left a cyclist needing major surgery after crashing into him and sending him flying 30ft into the air as he tried to escape from police has been given a nine-and-a-half year prison sentence.

John Burns, from Manchester, was trying to flee from police after stealing a car from a motorway service station in Cumbria in July 2017, when he crashed into a cyclist, Jack Talbot, at around 50mph.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.