1st Jul, 2022

PC Burnham no longer in induced coma after being struck by car in Coventry

A POLICE officer left seriously injured when he was struck by a car he was trying to stop in Coventry is no longer in an induced coma.

The update came as PC Chris Burnham’s wife thanked the public for their support.

The 47-year-old has a fractured skull and shattered knee and is expected to remain in hospital for some time.

West Midlands Police said: “He is no longer in an induced coma and is now breathing without the aid of a ventilator. He is being supported there by close family and friends.”

He was struck by a Mini in Holbrooks, Coventry, at around 2.45pm on September 25.

On Saturday, the wife of PC Burnham, who has been with the force for 25 years and has a son aged 10, said: “My son and I and all our family would like to say a big thank you to everyone for their kind messages, love and ongoing support.

“It means so much at such a difficult time.

“We’re reading all the messages to him to spur him on in his recovery.”

Coventry Commander Ch Supt Mike O’Hara said: “This has been a hugely emotional and testing time for Chris, his family and his colleagues.

“We are in daily contact with Chris and Chris’ wife and will do all we can to support them through this long and difficult journey.

“Policing is like a close family and there has been a real impact on how officers and staff have felt over the last week.

“Policing remains a difficult and dangerous job, but the officers and staff working in Coventry and across the wider region are magnificent and remain committed to getting out on the streets to prevent crime, protect the public and help those in need.”

A Just Giving page has been set up by a West Midlands Ambulance Paramedic for those that would like to donate.

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

The 37-year-old is due to appear Warwick Crown Court on October 31.

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