TRIBUTES have been paid to an ‘exceptional’ police officer who died suddenly while coaching the sport he loved.
Father of three, PC Duncan Jones, was instructing at Worcester Judo Club last Wednesday (July 16) when he was taken seriously ill and sadly died later that evening.
The 41-year-old who lived in Worcester with his wife and children worked as a response officer at the city’s police station.
He was a passionate sportsman and spent much time helping others to develop through sport, supporting young people and those who were disadvantaged to help build their confidence and develop skills through Judo.
He also achieved personal success in the sport, participating at the highest levels and winning many competitions.
His wife, Sarah, said: “He will be greatly missed by his family and those who came into contact with him through work or sport.”
Police said as with all sudden and unexplained deaths they were investigating the circumstances, however at this time they are not thought to be suspicious.
Superintendent Mark Travis said: “I would firstly like to offer my thoughts for Duncan’s family, friends and colleagues.
“This news has devastated Duncan’s colleagues, Duncan was an exceptional officer who was patient and tolerant, he had a compassionate approach to policing. His professionalism in sport was reflected at work.
“He delivered a great service for the public of south Worcester, loving his job.
“Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this. This is a tragic loss, we will honour Duncan’s memory be continuing to police with his enthusiasm.”