A SPURNED boyfriend ran over the man he suspected of having an affair with his girlfriend.

But Billy Anker, 26, was trapped by police after the imprints of his car's tyres matched the wounds on his victim's leg.

Anker, of Nuttall Street, Ewood, Blackburn, was found guilty of a charge of Section 20 wounding and careless driving after a three-day trial at Preston Crown Court.

The court heard that Anker and his girlfriend ended their relationship in March last year, after he found out she was having an affair with a 27-year-old man.

Police said that at around 9pm on April 14, 2009, the man was walking in New Wellington Street, Mill Hill, when he saw Anker driving towards him.

He stood in the road in an attempt to slow him down but Anker accelerated towards him and drove over his left leg.

The man was taken to hospital with broken bones in his foot and has since recovered from his injuries.

Anker was arrested a short time later and denied the offence but forensic evidence found an ‘accurate written detail’ from the tyre imprinted on the victim’s trouser leg.

After the case, Detective Constable John Banks said: “This was a reckless and extremely dangerous act, which left the victim with a serious leg injury.

“Anker will now have to face the consequences of his actions and I am pleased with the guilty verdict."

In May Anker was cleared of conspiracy to commit robbery and possession of illegal ammunition after a security guard was shot during a cash-in-transit robbery in Preston Old Road, Cherry Tree, Blackburn.

Five other people were sentenced to a total of over 50 years for their parts in the raid.

Anker will be sentenced for the wounding and careless driving offences in September.