20th Oct, 2020

Man charged with attempted murder of Coventry PC Burnham

Editorial Correspondent 30th Sep, 2019 Updated: 2nd Oct, 2019

A MAN has been charged after a police officer was left critically injured in a road collision in Coventry.

PC Christopher Burnham, 48, was struck by a Mini in Holbrooks at around 2.45pm on Wednesday (September 25).

PC Burnham, who has been with the force for 25 years, remains critically ill in hospital, the police said today.

He was left with a fractured skull, a bleed on the brain and a shattered knee and is expected to remain in hospital for some time.

Tekle Lennox, of no fixed abode, has been charged with attempted murder, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

The 37-year-old was due to appear before Coventry Magistrates Court on Monday (September 30).

The incident happened at the junction of Holbrooks Lane and Burnaby Road.

PC Burnham is being supported by his wife and son aged 10.

Chief Superintendent Mike O’Hara, in charge of policing in Coventry, said last week: “Chris is a very well-regarded and proactive Foleshill neighbourhood officer, who has a number of commendations.

“I’ve spent time with Chris and his wife in hospital today and it’s clear he now faces a long road to recovery. We will do everything possible to support him and his family through this really difficult time.

“I’ve also spent time with Chris’ colleagues, and they have been left shocked and upset by what’s happened.

“But our officers come together at trying times like this to offer support and comfort to each other and remain determined to do their jobs to the best of their ability.”

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