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PC fights back from the brink to be a star on TV

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 08, 2014

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A POLICEMAN left close to death after a burglar used a car as a weapon is to feature in a special programme that has seen him rewarded for his efforts to try and claim his life back.

Peter McGinn, from Burton, was left fighting for his life after Carl Anderson reversed his car at him in Birmingham last year after he was spotted breaking into a shed.

Practically every bone in Peter’s left side was smashed and his life hung in the balance.

Now, following many major operations and with more to come, he is fighting to regain his mobility and strength aiming to return to the job he loves.

The 45-year-old is slowly getting his strength back with a rehabilitation programme at Branston Golf and Country Club’s gym and is now set to appear with Alan Titchmarsh in ITV’s Love Your Garden in the coming weeks.

PC McGinn said: “It’s going to be a long road to recovery but I am determined to get there.

We are there to protect the vulnerable people and that’s the job satisfaction.

“I didn’t do anything on the day that I haven’t done before. I know a lot of officers do it on a daily basis but unfortunately I was unlucky on that day.”

Before his injuries PC McGinn and Suzy, his wife, were starting to improve their garden, but the accident put paid to that and the garden soon became a wilderness . Knowing of PC McGinn’s growing frustration, a work colleague nominated his garden in Burton for ITV’s Love Your Garden programme run by gardening guru Alan Titchmarsh and it was one of only eight chosen from 1,000 applications.

The Love Your Garden team took six days to completely transform the garden.

PC McGinn said: “We’ve had to work hard for everything we’ve achieved so it was lovely to have something done for us and have a huge weight taken off my mind.”

Anderson pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 years in jail.

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