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COVID-19: Greater Manchester Police officer dies aged 40 after contracting coronavirus

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A Police Officer from Greater Manchester has died aged 40 after contracting coronavirus.

PC Abbasuddin Ahmed’s death is an “awful but pertinent reminder of the dangers of this terrible virus”, his force says.

A “completely fearless” police officer has died at the age of 40 after contracting coronavirus.

The police officer is a married father-of-two, PC Abbasuddin Ahmed was a serving officer within Trafford district for Greater Manchester Police.

Sadly the officer died in hospital on Thursday after he tested positive for Covid-19 in December.

PC Abbasuddin Ahmed joined GMP in March 2017 but had been away from frontline duty since the pandemic started and worked from home to look after his health.

Chief Inspector Neil Cook said PC Ahmed’s wife Rebecca and two young children are “understandably devastated”.

He added: “To see the shock and sadness of colleagues is an awful but pertinent reminder of the dangers of this terrible virus, and we remain committed to doing all that we can to protect the public and limit the number of people affected by such dreadful consequences.”

Mr Cook said the officer had been “looking forward to returning and getting back onto the streets to continue serving the community when it was safe to do so”.

A tribute shared by GMP said PC Ahmed “lived up to his name meaning ‘lion’ – brave, loyal, a fighter, protective, and completely fearless”.

The officer was described by colleagues on the Stretford Response Team as “the greatest brother in and out of work” and “such a lovely man who was never seen without a smile on his face”.

nspector Abid Sardar, co-chair of the GMP Muslim Police Association, added: “I would describe him as a committed police officer, true friend and family man.

“Abbas will be greatly missed by everyone that knew him.”

A fundraising page has been set up by colleagues in the officer’s memory and to support his family.

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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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