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RIP Detective Constable John Coker

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RIP Detective Constable John Coker

It is with great sadness that tonight we report that the Thin Blue Line just got thinner.

Tragically Detective Constable John Coker of the British Transport Police has died after testing positive for Coronavirus.

John developed Coronavirus Symptoms three weeks ago and was sadly taken into intensive care. Sadly died on Friday 17th April 2020.

A detective with British Transport Police (BTP) has died with coronavirus, the force has said.

Det Con John Coker, 53 was based within the Euston’s criminal investigations department and sadly leaves behind a wife and three children.

He was “charismatic, kind and thoughtful” and “much-loved and respected by all those he worked with”, Chief Constable Paul Crowther said.

In a statement, Mr Crowther said his thoughts were with Det Con Coker’s family and colleagues.

He added: “John has been part of the BTP family for over a decade… he will be greatly missed by all in the force.”

According to BTP, Mr Coker first fell ill on 22 March and was taken into intensive care after his health did not improve. He died on Friday.

He was a much loved, respected, kind and thoughtful and charismatic colleague and a friend.

The British Transport Police tweeted that it was with great sadness that they had reported on the death on an officer due to Covid-19.

John Apter Police Federation Chair Tweeted that following tragic loss of the BTP officer DJ John Coker that his colleagues have set up a fundraising page.

He has three young children. Please, Help to support his family.

Police Constable Sarah Meek Also of the British Transport Police has now set up a Just Giving page with the aim of raising £1000.

Writing on the Just Giving page Sarah Said “I’m not very good with words nor would I normally ask anyone for help but on this occasion, I felt compelled to do so.

“I am a serving Police Officer with British Transport Police.

“On Friday 17th April 2020 our much loved, respected, kind, thoughtful and charismatic colleague and friend John (JC) Coker sadly passed away from Coronavirus.

“JC was taken ill only three weeks ago and in that short time this wicked illness has taken him away from all his family, friends and colleagues.

“He leaves behind a wife Annie and three sons – Dennis, Jerome and Jayden who all adored him. 

“JC has been an integral part of the BTP family for over ten years and most recently he worked as a Detective Constable within the CID department at Euston Station.

“JC was chilled out and took everything in his stride. He could always be relied upon no matter what was asked of him and he never moaned or complained about anything.

“Oh and we mustn’t forget the bright and colourful jumpers which he wore that never failed to lift our spirits. We used to ask him to wear a specific colour the following day and he always met the challenge.

“For these and so, so many other reasons we will all miss him terribly. 

“All of JC’s colleagues at Euston would like to raise some money which would be used to help and support his family in these very difficult times. Any donations no matter how small would be gratefully received.

“Sleep easy JC. We know how much you loved your sleep!

“Thank you.”

If you would like to support the Just Giving page please click here.

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Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood is the editor and news reporter covering national and international news crime and policing news. Tweet your news and views to @TrevSherwoodPH

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