Tributes paid to Civil Nuclear Constabulary officer who died in a road collision
Tributes have been paid to a “well-respected and popular” officer serving with the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) who was killed in a road collision on Thursday (January 14).
Police Constable Darryl Street, 59, was based at the CNC’s Sellafield Operational Police Unit and died as a result of a collision on the A66 near Baron’s Hill.
PC Street joined the CNC in October 2019, after serving with Cumbria Constabulary for a number of years. A statement issued by the force said: “He was an excellent officer, who was a popular member of the Sellafield unit. He will be much missed by all who knew him.”
Chief Constable Simon Chesterman said: “Darryl was a dedicated and committed police officer, who had spent years of his life serving and protecting the community. Although we only had the pleasure of his experience and commitment for just over a year at the CNC, his loss is keenly felt by all of his colleagues and friends.
“Our deepest condolences go to Darryl’s family for their loss. Both the CNC and the Civil Nuclear Police Federation remain in close contact with them and will continue to offer support and any help we can at this extremely difficult time.”
Cumbria Constabulary Chief Constable Michelle Skeer said: “The sudden death of Darryl Street has left everyone within the constabulary shocked and deeply saddened. He was an extremely well respected and popular officer.
“Colleagues who worked closely with Darryl would describe him as always going the extra mile to help others demonstrating compassion and kindness whether he was dealing with a member of the public or assisting colleagues.
“Our heartfelt thoughts are particularly with his family today and with his former colleagues within the constabulary and his colleagues within the Civil Nuclear Constabulary where Darryl was a serving officer.”
Gary Thwaite, chief executive of the Civil Nuclear Police Federation (CNPF), said: “Darryl made a real impact at the CNC and was a valued and respected member of the Sellafield Operational Police Unit. He will be very much missed by everyone at the CNC who had the pleasure of knowing him.
“I have spoken personally to Darryl’s family to pass on our condolences from all at the CNPF and will continue to offer them all the support we can at this difficult and upsetting time for them.”
Paul Williams, chair of Cumbria Police Federation, said: “This is a very sad and tragic blow to Cumbria Constabulary and the Civil Nuclear Constabulary.
“Darryl worked as a police officer in North Cumbria for a number of years before transferring to The CNC to continue his career. He was a very well liked, decent, pleasant and popular officer with a shining personality.
“I have spoken with officers who worked closely with Darryl and they are very shocked and upset to hear this tragic news. This is a devastating time for his family and our thoughts go out to them.
“I have spoken with our Federation colleague Gary Thwaite in CNC who is equally shocked and saddened and we offer our full support and condolences.
“Sudden and tragic incidents like this are very hard to come to terms with and it’s impossible to imagine the pain his family must be feeling.”
A statement issued by the Street family said: “We are all completely devastated by the tragic sudden death of our wonderful son, brother, husband, dad, police officer, soldier, friend and hero.
“Yesterday following an unfortunate accident our beloved Darryl was taken from us. He was a man who always tried to make the world a better place and had a huge impact on everyone who was lucky enough to cross paths with him.
“Over his lifetime he worked so hard for the RSPCA, the Army, Cumbria Constabulary and the Civil Nuclear Constabulary at Sellafield. Working hard to protect people in this country as well as deployments to fight overseas to protect his country.
“He was a devoted husband to his beloved wife Joanne, their love over the past 28 years has got stronger every day and Joanne takes comfort in knowing that when he left the house for the last time that he was incredibly happy for everything that they had achieved together. Not only was he her husband and life partner, he was her best friend.
“Darryl was incredibly proud of the life he has provided for his family in Cumbria. He leaves behind his three children Ruby (26), Lily (23) and James (21). He was fiercely proud of the successful confident adults his children have become and they are grateful to have had the most wonderful, courageous father who they know loved them so much.
“He was the kindest, funniest, most loyal, generous, incredible man and we are all struggling to come to terms with this awful loss.”