Dorset Police has paid tribute to one of their officers who died at home on Monday 30th March after self-isolating following signs that he could have had COVID-19.
Dorset Police’s Chief Constable, James Vaughan, said:
“I can confirm one of our serving officers sadly died at his home in Bournemouth just before 10 am today, Monday 30th March 2020.
“He was 56-years-old and had been unwell since Christmas with a chest infection. He had been off sick since Thursday 19th March and went into self-isolation following COVID-19 guidance from the NHS after displaying symptoms.
“It is not yet confirmed if the death is COVID-19-related and I would strongly emphasise that it is too early to speculate on the circumstances surrounding his death.
“We are all deeply saddened by the death.
“This is a huge loss to the police family, and my thoughts and prayers are with the officer’s family, friends and close friends, many of whom are Dorset Police colleagues. I have relayed to them my deepest condolences.
“I would ask you to please respect their privacy at this very sad time.”
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