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Wednesday, 4 April, 2001, 12:16 GMT 13:16 UK
Charges in Pc death investigation
Scene of fatal crash
Police guard the spot where Pc Armitage was killed
Three men have been charged by police investigating the death of an officer in Greater Manchester.

Pc Alison Armitage died after she was allegedly struck by a stolen car in a derelict pub car park in Oldham, Greater Manchester, last month.

Two of the men, who are in their 20s, have been charged with taking a vehicle without consent.

Another is accused of handling items stolen from the vehicle allegedly used to run the 29-year-old officer over.

Alison Armitage
Alison Armitage was on an undercover operation

Thomas Whalley, 18, of Oldham, has already been charged with the murder of Pc Armitage.

The officer was rushed to the Royal Oldham Hospital, in Oldham, following the incident on 5 March but died later of her injuries.

She had been working on an undercover operation to crack down on crime and drugs.

Line of duty

She was the first Greater Manchester policewoman to die in the line of duty.

Mr Whalley has also been charged with wounding, aggravated vehicle-taking, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

The men, who have not been named, will appear before Oldham Magistrates at a date to be fixed.

Miss Armitage had just been recommended for a commendation 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.

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