On-duty officer dies in motorway collision
An officer serving with Cumbria Constabulary’s mobile support group has died following a collision on the M6 motorway near Carlisle.
The incident occurred at around 2pm on Sunday (January 26), on the southbound carriageway between junctions 44 and 43. A spokesperson for the force said a sole police vehicle was involved and that the 47-year-old officer had been the only occupant.
Paul Williams, chairman of Cumbria Police Federation, told the BBC: “All Cumbria Police officers are shocked and saddened to learn about the death of our colleague, who died in a single vehicle road traffic collision earlier today whilst on duty.
“The officer served on Cumbria’s road policing unit and his sudden passing has caused deep shock and grief to the policing family in Cumbria and across the UK.
“Cumbria Police Federation will work closely with the specialist officers investigating this incident and we will ensure that we do all that we can to support the officer’s family and close colleagues during this tragic time.”