Essex Police marine officer dies from Covid as force asks public to follow coronavirus rules

An officer from the Essex Police Marine Unit has died after contracting coronavirus.

Jan 18, 2021
By Tony Thompson
Toby Speller

Colleagues of Special Constable Toby Speller paid tribute on social media following his death earlier today (January 18).

They urged people to follow lockdown rules, stating that the deadly virus has “no respect for age and health”.

“We are devastated to say we lost one of our marine officers to Covid 19 on Saturday,” the post read.

“Rest well Toby, we will take it from here. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Please everyone adhere to government regulations to help save lives. This virus has no respect for age and health.”

A statement released by the force said he had always been “a dedicated, professional officer, who volunteered to serve his community for more than 16 years”.

Chief Constable BJ Harrington tweeted: “Spent time with Toby at @EPMarine in Dec. He was passionate about being part of @EssexSpecials averaging 700hrs a year and an inspiration to many. My thoughts and prayers with his wife, children, friends and colleagues. Rest in peace Toby and thx you for your service #StayHomeSaveLives”

Others also took to Twitter to send their condolences to the officer’s family.

One said: “Our thoughts are with all who cared about Toby. Tragic news – enormous loss. RIP Toby.”

Another said: “Absolutely tragic news. Thank you Toby for keeping us all safe, I’m just so sorry that we couldn’t do the same for you. My thoughts are with his family and force family.”

Burnham Lifeboat added: “What awful news, our thoughts are with you and Toby’s family. Sending our love to you all. From all at Burnham Lifeboat”.

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