A Dorset Police officer has been charged with murder after the death of a woman who was found injured in a pub car park in West Parley.

Timothy Brehmer, aged 41, a police constable with Dorset Police, has been charged in relation to the death of 41-year-old Claire Parry.

As reported, Dorset Police was called to the car park of the Horns Inn in Christchurch Road, West Parley, at 3.39pm on Saturday, May 9, following a report from the ambulance service of two people requiring medical assistance.

Mrs Parry, who lived in Bournemouth and was named by detectives for the first time yesterday, was taken to Royal Bournemouth Hospital for medical treatment. She died in hospital the following morning. Her family is continuing to be supported by specially trained officers.

Bournemouth Echo:

Brehmer, who lives in Hordle, was arrested at the scene of the incident and taken to Poole Hospital for treatment to his arms.

He was subsequently released from hospital and following the death of Mrs Parry, he was further arrested on suspicion of murder. Yesterday, Brehmer, who is currently seconded to the National Police Air Service, has been charged with murder.

He is due to appear at Poole Magistrates' Court via remote link on Tuesday, May 12.

Brehmer was presented with an award after rescuing a family from a fire in Christchurch in 2011.

Based in Ferndown at the time, he and a colleague broke down the front door of a property in Mill Road to save the lives of a family and their three cats.

Bournemouth Echo:

The traffic officers had been driving past as part of their rounds when they spotted smoke coming from a utility room at the rear of the property

At the time, Brehmer said: “We are very glad that we could be of help but we were just doing our job.”

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said the incident would have been fatal without them, because the Diffey’s smoke alarms were not working.

Following the death of Mrs Parry, a Dorset Police spokeswoman said: “Brehmer was not on duty at the time of the incident. However, due to his occupation and the seriousness of the charge, a referral has been made to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).”

The spokeswoman added that the pair were known to each other.

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Assistant Chief Constable Mark Callaghan said: "Detectives from our Major Crime Investigation Team are leading the investigation into this incident.

“We have kept the family of Mrs Parry updated throughout the investigation and family liaison officers continue to support them. Our thoughts remain with her family and friends at this very difficult time. 

“Following enquiries into this incident, we have consulted with the Crown Prosecution Service, which has authorised a charge of murder.

“It is important to stress that it would be entirely inappropriate for Dorset Police to comment any further ahead of the court process. It is vital that the justice system is allowed to follow its course.

“I would also like to remind the public that this matter is now the subject of active court proceedings and the individual charged in connection with this investigation has a right to a fair trial. It is important that there should be no commentary or sharing of information online or on social media that could potentially prejudice these proceedings.”