1. ITV Report

Hagley Road crash victim was Police Community Support Officer


A woman who died in a collision in Bearwood, Birmingham has been named as Holly Burke, a serving Community Support Officer with West Midlands Police.

Ms Burke, 28, was based at Nechells as part of the Washwood Heath neighbourhood team and had been a PCSO for 14 months.

Police officers on routine patrol spotted a speeding grey Renault Scenic around 11.30pm in Gravelly Hill, Erdington, which failed to stop.

They pursued the car for 15 minutes until a stinger was deployed on Bearwood Road, but the Renault continued at speed and hit Ms Burke's car at the junction with Hagley Road.

She was off duty at the time.

Holly Burke died in the crash Credit: West Midlands police

Ms Burke was seriously injured and pronounced dead at the scene.

Hagley Road was closed between The Dog and Kings Head pubs for several hours.

The 42-year-old driver of the Renault was arrested on suspicion of death by dangerous driving and driving under the influence of drugs.

He remains in police custody.

The incident has now been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

This is a desperately sad time for everyone who knew Holly and our thoughts and condolences are with Holly’s mum and dad, family, friends and colleagues.

There is no doubt that this tragic event will have an impact on those officers who responded and those who worked alongside her. Holly has been taken from us too soon and as a police family we are feeling this.

– Chief Supt Kenny Bell, Birmingham East Neighbourhood Policing Unit