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20 April: news in brief

British Transport Police officer falls victim to virus

A DETECTIVE Constable with British Transport Police in London has fallen victim to Covid 19. BTP have confirmed that John Coker, 53, died on Friday evening. Det. Con. Coker, who was based at Euston, had been admitted to hospital after first showing coronavirus symptoms on 22 March. Chief Constable Paul Crowther said: ‘My thoughts are with John’s family, for whom the last three weeks have been incredibly difficult and who will be struggling to deal with this most distressing outcome. Local colleagues have been in constant contact with John’s wife and will pass on the heartfelt condolences of us all. BTP will continue that support over the coming days, weeks and months. John has been part of the BTP family for over a decade and became a Detective Constable within the CID department at Euston where he was much loved and respected by all those he worked with. His colleagues remember a man who was charismatic, kind and thoughtful and took everything in his stride. He will be greatly missed by all in the Force.’

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