Met Police Commissioner makes his statement
Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Bernard Hogan-Howe,
has spoken of the terrible tragedy of the death of
Detective Constable Adele Cashman.
The police woman, who had worked for Wandsworth
borough, collapsed while working in Belsize Park Gardens, Camden on Monday night.
Bernard Hogan-Howe said last night: "I am desperately sad that Adele Cashman, a young officer, died last night. She was with two colleagues chasing criminals who were believed to be involved with the theft of a mobile phone. She was seen to fall by a local resident who went out to help her but sadly she never recovered.
" It's a terrible tragedy for Adele's family, it's
a terrible tragedy for her colleagues. We are
grateful for the support of the members of the public who came forward to try and help her and
the London Ambulance Service.
"Adele was an eager officer, she was in a crime
squad, she was out there chasing criminals, which
is I'm sure the reason she joined. She was out there being brave, getting stuck in and then this great tragedy has happened. It is a terrible loss to everybody who knew her.
"I understand Adele had just returned from holiday. Her family must be
desperately sad, particularly her parents and obviously we will try to help
them cope with the tragedy of losing their daughter but there is no easy way
to do that.
"Fortunately, although it is a dangerous job we do not see officers die very
often but when it happens we are shocked, as I'm sure the public are. The
best thing we can do now is to make sure we look after Adele's parents and
November 7, 2012