BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepagelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: UK
Front Page 
World 
UK 
England 
Northern Ireland 
Scotland 
Wales 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Entertainment 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 

Tuesday, 6 March, 2001, 13:10 GMT
Policewoman killed by 'stolen car'
Scene of fatal crash
Police guard the spot where Pc Armitage was killed
A woman police officer has been killed in Oldham, Greater Manchester, after being run over by a suspected stolen car.

The officer, who has been named as Pc Alison Armitage, 29, was investigating the theft of a car in the Hollinwood area on Monday evening, when the incident happened.

Early reports suggest she was first knocked down by the vehicle and then run over.
Alison Armitage
Alison Armitage was on duty when she was knocked down

Pc Armitage died just before 2100 GMT on Monday after being rushed to the Royal Oldham Hospital.

An 18-year-old man from the Abbey Hills area of Oldham has been arrested and is being questioned.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Commendation on way

Pc Armitage had just been recommended for a commendation by her divisional commander at Oldham Police Station, Chief Superintendent Eric Hewitt.

The commendation was for her part in the arrest of six men involved in an attempted robbery.

She had been promoted to the Operational Support Unit only three months before her death and had quickly established herself as an important member of the team, said Mr Hewitt.

Mr Hewitt also said that Pc Armitage, who was single and from the Grotton area of Oldham, was one of the division's most popular officers.

"She had a zest for life and her work that was truly infectious.

"She was really proud to be a police officer and I think she would love to just be remembered as a damn good police constable," he said.

Search BBC News Online

Advanced search options
Launch console
BBC RADIO NEWS
BBC ONE TV NEWS
WORLD NEWS SUMMARY
PROGRAMMES GUIDE
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more UK stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more UK stories