Dorset police officer charged with murdering woman

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A police officer has been charged with murdering a woman in a pub car park.

Claire Parry, 41, from Bournemouth, was found unconscious at the Horns Inn in West Parley, Dorset, on Saturday afternoon.

She later died in hospital from a brain injury caused by "compression of the neck", police said.

PC Timothy Brehmer, 41, an officer seconded to the National Police Air Service, is due to appear before Poole magistrates on Tuesday.

The Dorset constable, who knew Mrs Parry, was not on duty at the time of the incident, police said.

Died in hospital

Detectives were called to the pub at 15:39 BST following a report of two people requiring medical treatment.

Mrs Parry was taken to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital where she died on Sunday morning.

Mr Brehmer was treated at Poole Hospital for injuries to his arms.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Callaghan said: "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."

Dorset Police said the case had been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct due to PC Brehmer's occupation and the seriousness of the charge.

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