Woman hit and killed by car in police chase is named as 28-year-old PCSO

A woman who died after being struck by a car involved in a police chase has been named as Police Community Support Officer Holly Burke, 28.

Ms Burke – part of the Washwood Heath neighbourhood team – had been a PCSO for 14 months, West Midlands Police said.

Chief Superintendent Kenny Bell, commander at Birmingham East neighbourhood policing unit, said: "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."

Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said: "The loss of PCSO Holly Burke is truly tragic.

"She was greatly valued by West Midlands Police and the communities which she served. My thoughts are with Holly’s family, friends and colleagues at this very difficult time."

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

They pursued the car for 15 minutes until a stinger was deployed, but the Renault continued at speed and collided with a car at a junction.

The 28-year-old PCSO died despite best efforts of medics and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Renault Scenic suffered minor injuries and was taken to hospital.

A police statement read: "Despite the best efforts of police and medical professionals, Holly sadly died at the scene. Her family has been informed and are being supported at this time."


A West Midlands Ambulance Service statement read: "When ambulance staff arrived on scene, police officers were already performing CPR on a woman, the driver of one of the cars involved.

Ambulance staff quickly took over resuscitation efforts but sadly nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead a short time later on scene."

The driver of the second car, a man, sustained minor injuries and was taken to hospital for further checks.

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 is being investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

Witnesses are asked to call 101 between 8am – midnight.

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