Hampshire & Isle of Wight

On-duty police officer dies in crash in Southampton

The scene of the crash on Thomas Lewis Way
Image caption Thomas Lewis Way was shut for more than six hours for investigations

A police officer riding an unmarked motorbike has been killed in a crash outside a Southampton petrol station.

He was on duty at the time, but was not involved in a pursuit or responding to a 999 call, Hampshire Constabulary said.

The officer's police bike collided with a BMW outside the Shell garage on Thomas Lewis Way in Swaythling at about 14:00 BST.

He was taken to Southampton General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The 35-year-old man driving the car suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries.

He was also taken to Southampton General Hospital for treatment.

'Deeply affected'

The officer's next of kin and colleagues have been informed.

Chief Constable Andy Marsh said: "This is an immensely sad day for the constabulary and the force will be deeply affected.

"We are supporting the officer's family in every way we can and our thoughts remain very much with them at this time."

Simon Hayes, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire, said: "This is a very sad day for Hampshire Constabulary and a tragic loss of a police officer in the course of his duty.

"This tragic incident highlights the fact that police officers regularly put themselves at risk in performing their duty and in protecting the public.

"Our thoughts and sympathy go to his family and colleagues at this very difficult time."

John Apter, chairman of Hampshire Police Federation, said: "Today is a sad day for the policing family.

"The loss of our colleague has shocked and saddened us all.

"Hampshire Police Federation will offer whatever support is required for the officer's family and colleagues during this difficult time."

Thomas Lewis Way was closed for more than six hours while collision investigators examined the scene.

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