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'Deepest condolences' following death of serving police officer

Tributes are being paid to a Dorset Police officer who's died, while self isolating.

The chief constable says the 56 year old passed away yesterday, but the cause of death has not yet been established.

James Vaughan says it's a 'huge loss' and he sends his 'deepest condolences' to the man's family, friends and colleagues.

The Chief Constable said: "I can confirm one of our serving officers sadly died at his home in Bournemouth just before 10am today, Monday 30 March 2020.  

“He was 56-years-old and had been unwell since Christmas with a chest infection. 

"He had been off sick since Thursday 19 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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