A JILTED lover was jailed for life yesterday after he was found guilty of murdering one police officer and unlawfully killing another by deliberately ramming their car during a high-speed pursuit.

Leayon Davi Dudley, 39, drove straight at the car at more than 80mph - turning it into a fireball.

He was found guilty of the murder of Leicestershire constable Bryan Moore, 39. and the unlawful killing of his colleague, 37-year-old PC Andrew Munn. They died trying to stop Dudley's van on the A42 near Worthington, Leicestershire, after a 50-mile chase from Birmingham.

When he was arrested, he yelled: "I am holding you personally responsible for this."

The killer was nearly twice the legal drink-drive limit when he jumped in his van and sped across the Midlands after rowing with his ex-girlfriend, Gail Powell.

The father-of-two, who had denied murder and manslaughter charges, had been in and out of court since he was 13 and had a string of convictions for assaults, burglaries and criminal damage.

He was sentenced to life for murder and 15 years for unlawful killing, to run concurrently, following a 12-day trial at Stafford Crown Court.

Mr Justice McCombe told Dudley, of Acocks Green, Birmingham, he had committed "two quite appalling offences".

Outside court, the officers' families said they had been devastated by the deaths.

PC Munn's widow, Allison, said in a statement: "This man's decision to take my husband's and his colleague's lives away was in no way accidental, and his intent to harm them was not because they were in the wrong place and wrong time. It was because he saw them as targets.