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Off-duty officer is killed by speeding car in cop chase

Crash victim: Holly Burke had been a PCSO for 14 months PIC: PA

AN off-duty police support officer died after being hit by a speeding car during a police chase in Birmingham.

Holly Burke, 28, was killed when a Renault Scenic smashed into her Ford Fiesta at 11.30pm on Tuesday.

The car was being followed by police after allegedly failing to stop. It crashed in the Harborne area of the city when officers deployed a stinger device.

West Midlands Police said Ms Burke had been a police community support officer for 14 months.

Wreckage: A police officer collects evidence from the scene of the fatal crash in Birmingham PIC: SNAPPERSK

Ch Supt Kenny Bell, commander at Birmingham East neighbourhood policing unit, said: ‘This is a desperately sad time for everyone who knew Holly. Our thoughts and condolences are with her mum and dad, family, friends and colleagues.’

A 42-year-old was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, and driving under the influence of drugs. He remains in custody.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct is investigating.

In a separate incident, a young woman was killed when she was run over by a police car responding to a 999 call in Walthamstow, east London.

A boy who saw the accident reportedly shouted ‘mummy, a policeman killed someone’. A 50-year-old woman, who lives yards from the scene of the fatal collision, said: ‘I could hear a “voom” like a gunshot and I saw the blue flashing light from the car. I looked out of the window and on the road I could see the car door open.

‘The girl was crossing outside my door. The car had a huge dent and her body was thrown all the way down the road, you can see it must have been going very fast.’

The woman said she believed the victim lived in the YMCA. Other locals said she was a 26-year-old refugee from Eritrea. The accident happened at around 11.45pm on Tuesday.