PCSO killed during police chase
A police and community support officer (PCSO) has been killed after a collision with a car being pursued by a West Midlands Police (WMP) car in Birmingham.
Holly Burke, 28, a serving PCSO with WMP was off-duty when she was struck by the car.
The incident took place at around 11.30pm on Tuesday (January 22) in the Bearwood area of the city.
Officers on routine patrol spotted a grey Renault Scenic which was speeding in Erdington and then made pursuit for around 15 minutes, until a stinger was deployed.
But the Renault “continued at speed and collided with a car” at a junction.
The woman in the third-party vehicle sustained serious injuries and “despite the best efforts of medical professionals, she was pronounced dead at the scene”.
Her next of kin have been informed and are being supported by WMP’s specialist family liaison unit.
The driver of the Renault, Darren Ogom, 42, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, driving without a licence, driving with no insurance and failing to stop for a police officer.
He has been remanded into custody and is due to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court this morning (January 24).
The incident is being investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.