Man charged with attempted murder after police officer seriously hurt in hit-and-run incident

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A MAN has been charged with attempted murder after a cop was seriously injured in a hit-and-run.

Officer Christopher Burnham, who was trying to stop a Mini in Coventry, suffered a fractured skull, bleed on the brain and shattered knee.

A man has been charged with attempted murder after a Officer Christopher Burnham was seriously injured in a hit-and-run
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A man has been charged with attempted murder after a Officer Christopher Burnham was seriously injured in a hit-and-run[/caption]

The married dad, with the force for 25 years, is critically ill in hospital.

West Midlands Police have charged Tekle Lennox, 37, with attempted murder, driving while banned and without insurance.

He is due before city JPs on Monday.

Chief Superintendent Mike O’Hara said: “It is completely unacceptable for a police officer to be injured in the line of duty.

“We will be offering the officer and his family our full support.

Pc Burnham is “very well-regarded” by colleagues and faces a “long road to recovery”.

A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “One ambulance and one paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

“On arrival they found a road traffic collision between a car and a pedestrian.”


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

Pc Gareth Phillips, 42, suffered life-changing injuries when he was struck by a thief in a hijacked BMW in 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.

Tekle Lennox has been charged with attempted murder, driving while banned and without insurance
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Tekle Lennox has been charged with attempted murder, driving while banned and without insurance[/caption]

The white Mini involved in the hit-and-run was abandoned nearby
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The white Mini involved in the apparent hit-and-run was abandoned nearby[/caption]

Police cordoned off part of Burnaby Road after the incident
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Police cordoned off part of Burnaby Road after the incident[/caption]


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