The widow of a police officer killed in a crash involving a “dangerous” BMW car has welcomed its decision to stop supplying the vehicles to Britain’s forces.
However, Kathryn Dumphreys has criticised the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) for the “appalling and insulting” decision not to withdraw existing patrol models of the car from service immediately.
Pc Nick Dumphreys died while responding to an emergency call on the M6 near Carlisle on Jan 26 2020.
The Cumbria News and Star previously reported that an inquest into the 47-year-old’s death heard his car’s N57 engine suffered “catastrophic failure”, causing an oil leak prior to the crash.
The inquest heard that similar faults had been reported in police vehicles with the engine about five to seven times a month between 2014 and 2017.
Robert Cohen, the Carlisle coroner, said that Pc Dumphreys, an advanced driver, could not have prevented the accident and he recorded a verdict of accidental death.
Now BMW has announced it is closing its specialist sales division in the country after many British police forces restricted the use of its cars featuring the N57 engine, only using the vehicles for “less stressful” operations.
The N57 diesel engine features in a number of BMW police vehicles, including the 330d, 530d and X5.
The car company said that the problem with the N57 engine was down to the “particular way” police use the vehicles and that there was “no need for action on any civilian vehicles”.
Welcoming BMW’s decision, Mrs Dumphreys said: “Although it is too little too late for Nick and our family, BMW’s decision to stop supplying cars to UK police forces with immediate effect is the first step in the right direction.
“It is glaringly obvious that these