Man charged over hit-and-run which left policeman critically injured

A man has been charged with attempted murder after a police officer was left with serious injuries in a hit-and-run.

Married father Christopher Burnham suffered a fractured skull, a bleed on the brain and a shattered knee after trying to stop a Mini in Holbrook Lane, Radford, Coventry, at about 2.45pm on Wednesday.

The officer, who has been with the force for 25 years, remains in hospital and is critically ill.

West Midlands Police on Sunday said it had charged Tekle Lennox with attempted murder, driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance.

The 37-year-old, of no fixed abode, is due to appear before Coventry Magistrates Court on Monday, it added.

Pc Burnham, described as "very well-regarded" by colleagues, faces a "long road to recovery", Chief Superintendent Mike O'Hara said.

He is being supported by relatives, his wife and 10-year-old son.

The neighbourhood policeman is the second officer from the force to be run over while on duty in just a matter of weeks.

Pc Gareth Phillips, 42, suffered life-changing injuries including a shattered pelvis after he was struck by a thief in a hijacked BMWin Birmingham last month.

Mubashar Hussain has since admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent to resist arrest after pinning the traffic officer under his own vehicle.