A Blackburn man drove into a farmer in Rishton after they told him to move his car off their land, knocking him into the air.

On Sunday, July 10, 2022, Shahnuwaz Hassan parked his black BMW car on the side of the track at a farm on Blackburn Old Road.

Preston Crown Court heard that when farmer Mark Island noticed the car, he politely told Hassan to move on as it was private land.

Mark and his father Richard Island went to feed their sheep for 20 minutes, but when they came back they noticed Hassan's car was still there.

Prosecutor Niamh Ingham told the court that Mark's brother and Hassan's victim, Christopher Island, then followed the car in his tractor as he was worried about the car speeding close to his two children.

But when Christopher got out of his tractor, Hassan reversed his car into the victim and onto a grass verge, knocking him into the air.

Hassan, of East Park Avenue, Blackburn, then began continuously revving his engine, intimidating Christopher to move, with Mark and Richard rushing over to help.

Defending, Andrew Pickin told the court that Mark and Richard then threw bricks at Hassan's car, which also injured the defendant and a woman in his passenger seat.

When Mark and Richard rang for an ambulance, Christopher was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital and had surgery for a broken wrist.

Hassan was arrested, failed a drug swipe, and was found over the legal limit for alcohol.

Hassan, 38, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, and has six convictions for 11 previous offences, including dangerous driving, resisting arrest and driving whilst disqualified.

Recorder Tania Griffiths sentenced Hassan to one year, five months, two weeks and one day.

He is also disqualified from driving for 995 days, will require a re-test and has a restraining order on the victim.

She said: "You cannot complain about the person trying to defend themselves when you are driving so dangerously.

"You parked up in a remote area close to your victim's home and reversed at speed towards him.

"You scraped your car and reversed at speed towards his children.

"You drove at him at speed and he had to jump out of the way to avoid you, but you knocked him into the air and caused him serious injury.

"You pretended it was not you who was driving when you were first arrested.

"You have hurt a young man who works in a manual job.

"He was originally in a neck brace, and none of us know the extent of trouble his wrist will cause him in the future."