The West Midlands Police officer left seriously injured in yet another hit-and-run in Coventry has been named as PC Christopher Burnham,
The extensive hunt for the driver who struck him continues.
PC Burnham, aged 48, was trying to stop a Mini to identify its driver just before 2.45 pm on Wednesday.
But he was then hit by the car in what detectives are treating as a deliberate act.
The Mini has then driven away from the scene, at the junction of Holbrook Lane and Burnaby Road.
PC Burnham, who has been with the force for 25 years and has a wife and son aged 10, was left with a fractured skull, a bleed on the brain and a shattered knee.
His family is supporting the officer in hospital, where he is expected to remain for some time.
The Mini was recovered a short time later nearby and will be forensically examined.
Officers are trawling for CCTV, and are appealing for anyone with dashcam footage of what happened to come forward.
Chief Superintendent Mike O’Hara, in charge of policing in Coventry, said:
“Chris is a very well-regarded and proactive Foleshill neighbourhood officer, who has a number of commendations.
“He was doing his job in keeping Coventry safe when he has been deliberately driven at by someone who then made off from the scene.
“I’ve spent time with Chris and his wife in hospital today, and it’s clear he now faces a long road to recovery.
“We will do everything possible to support him and his family through this really difficult time.
“I’ve also spent time with Chris’ colleagues, and they have been left shocked and upset by what’s happened.
“But our officers come together at trying times like this to offer support and comfort to each other and remain determined to do their jobs to the best of their ability.
“Our priority remains with the wellbeing of the officer, his family and his colleagues, and we will stop at nothing to locate the offender and bring him to justice for this heinous crime.”
Colleagues have paid tribute to the highly respected and well-liked officer with one police officer, who did not want to be named, telling Emergency Services News:
‘Chris is one of the finest police officers I’ve ever had the privilege to know.
‘Really proactive, really good at his job and such a lovely bloke.
‘He always has everyone’s backs.
‘We’re all very shocked and upset about this’.
A JustGiving page has been set up by PC Burnham’s colleagues in order to raise £500 for the officer and his family.
In a tribute made on the JustGiving page, Steven Hoskins said:
‘On 25th September a Coventry Police Officer was the victim of a hit and run whilst carrying out his duty.
‘Facing lengthy treatment in hospital, I have set up this fundraising page to support the officer and his family during this time to help cover costs such as parking at the hospital for his family visits etc.
‘Having served the Coventry community for some time, the least we could to say thank you is donate whatever we can, little or large to help during this time’.
This latest incident comes after a string of high-profile and severe attacks on police officers using vehicles, including the death of PC Andrew Harper, who was struck by a car as he responded to reports of a burglary.
On 24th September, two officers from Sussex Police were struck by a vehicle while they were dealing with another incident.
On Wednesday 4th September, Jamie Williams of Mitcham Road, Croydon, was sentenced to 18-months behind bars after he fled from police officers with a response team officer clinging on to his car.
Gurajdeep Malhi was also recently sent to prison for 12 years after he deliberately rammed PC Claire Bond, breaking both of her legs in the process.
On 10th August, PC Gareth Phillips was run over by an unmarked police car that had been hijacked by a car thief.
PC Phillips has only just been released from hospital, having been sent home to continue with his long road to recovery.
And on 15th August, PC Andrew Harper was killed after being struck by a vehicle that was apparently fleeing from the scene of a burglary.
PC Harper had married the love of his life only four weeks earlier and was due to go on his honeymoon a week after he was killed.
Anyone with information regarding the attack on PC Burnham has been asked to contact police via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk, or via 101. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.