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Wife of injured officer thanks public for 'love and support'

The wife of a West Midlands Police officer left seriously injured when he was struck by a car he was trying to stop has thanked the public for their support.

PC Chris Burnham was struck by a Mini in the Holbrooks area of Coventry at around 2.45pm on 25 September. 

PC Burnham, who has been with the force for 25 years and is married with a son aged 10, remains seriously ill in hospital.

Chris Burnham
PC Burnham remains seriously ill in hospital

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

Today his wife 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.”

Chris Burnham in uniform
Chris has a fractured skull and a shattered knee and is expected to remain in hospital for some time​​​

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.

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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 before crown court on 31 October.

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