A Gambian working as a detective for the British Transport Police in London has tragically died following symptoms of coronavirus.

Detective Constable John Coker, 53, was admitted to hospital after falling ill on Sunday, March 22.

The dad-of-three was transferred to an intensive care unit to receive treatment but despite the best efforts of medical staff Mr Coker’s health did not improve. 

He sadly passed away on Friday, April 17.

British Transport Police (BTP) chief constable Paul Crowther has paid tribute to the “charismatic, kind and thoughtful” Detective Coker on behalf of the force.

The police chief said: “My thoughts are with John’s family, for whom the last three weeks have been incredibly difficult and who will be struggling to deal with this most distressing outcome.

“Local colleagues have been in constant contact with John’s wife and will pass on the heartfelt condolences of us all. BTP will continue that support over the coming days, weeks and months.

“Understandably this is a very difficult time for John’s wife and family and they have asked for privacy. My thoughts are also with the many officers and staff who worked alongside John, as we each come to terms with this truly awful news.”

Mr Coker served at BTP for over a decade and was based at the CID department at Euston, in Central London Central. 

“He was much loved and respected by all those he worked with”, added chief constable Crowther.

“His colleagues remember a man who was charismatic, kind and thoughtful and took everything in his stride. He will be greatly missed by all in the Force.”

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