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Tributes paid to Met Police staff who died of Covid

Robert Dex
·2 min read
<p>Camden PC John Fabrizi</p> (@MPSCamden)

Camden PC John Fabrizi

(@MPSCamden)

Tributes have been paid to five serving Metropolitan Police officers and staff who died of Covid-19 in recent weeks.

A Scotland Yard statement said Camden PC John Fabrizi died yesterday, less than a week after the death on January 19 of his colleague PC Michael Warren from the Territorial Support Group.

Traffic Police Community Support Officer Chris Barkshire died on Monday January 11, while Police Constable Sukh Singh from the Met’s forensic command and a Custody Sergeant, yet to be named, had died in the last 48 hours.

Commissioner Cressida Dick said: “I’m deeply saddened by the news that in recent days and weeks COVID has taken five of our colleagues from us.

“Policing is a family and the scale of our loss is truly shocking. My deepest condolences are with the families, friends and colleagues of Police Constable John Fabrizi, Police Constable Michael Warren, Traffic Police Community Support Officer Chris Barkshire, Police Constable Sukh Singh, and our colleague from Met Detention, who will be named soon.”

She also paid tribute to three other colleagues who died last year and described the “devastating impact” the virus has had on the country as a whole.

She added: "As this recent awful news shows, policing is not immune and it is inevitable that our officers and staff in fighting crime, responding to emergencies, and just in living within their communities will come into contact with the virus. Police officers and many of our staff cannot fight crime or protect the vulnerable by working at home.”

Dame Cressida has previously said she is “baffled” that police officers are not closer to the front of the queue for Covid-19 vaccines.

Camden Police paid further tribute to PC Fabrizi, who they described as a “devoted colleague”.

The borough MPS tweeted: "“It is with a great sadness that we announce the death of a much loved officer, Camden's PC John Fabrizi, who lost his battle with Covid-19 on Sunday. Our thoughts go to John's family as we mourn the loss of our devoted colleague, an officer that did so much good in one lifetime.

“We send our heartfelt thanks to all of our #NHS colleagues who helped John within intensive care and selflessly continue to provide assistance to all of our community who need it during this difficult time.”

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