Birmingham man charged with causing death of PCSO Holly Burke
Officers investigating a fatal collision in Bearwood last night have charged a Birmingham man with causing death by dangerous driving.
Holly Burke, a serving West Midlands Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) who was off duty at the time, was tragically killed in the collision which occurred on Lordswood Road at the junction with Hagley Road at 11.30pm.
Despite the best efforts of police and medical professionals, 28-year-old Holly sadly died at the scene. Her family has been informed and are being supported at this time.
Darren Ogom, of Longdales Road in Kings Norton, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, driving without a licence, driving with no insurance and failing to stop for a police officer.
The unemployed 42-year-old has been remanded into custody and is due to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court tomorrow (Thursday 24 January) morning.
The incident is being investigated by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).
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.”
Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit via email at [email protected], call 101 or Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am – midnight, or call 101 anytime.