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Police officer dies in single-vehicle crash on M6

A 47-year-old police officer has died following a single-vehicle crash on the M6, Cumbria Constabulary has said.

The male officer died at the scene, between junction 44 and 43 southbound of the motorway, after the collision at around 2pm on Sunday.

He was the only occupant of the vehicle.

The officer worked for Cumbria Constabulary’s mobile support group.

Specialist officers are supporting his family.


Paul Williams, chairman of Cumbria Police Federation, said: “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.

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“National Police Federation of England and Wales chair John Apter – and Federation colleagues from across the country – have been in touch to pass on their deepest condolences at this sad time and offer Cumbria their support. It is appreciated.

“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.”

The Central Motorway Police Group tweeted: “I’m sure I speak on behalf of all our followers in sending our thoughts and prayers to the officer’s colleagues, family and friends at this tragic time.”


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