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Tributes paid after officer found dead

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: June 26, 2013

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COLLEAGUES have paid tribute to an "excellent" police officer who was found dead in her car near St Austell.

Gail Crocker, a police officer in Bodmin and previously in Truro, has been described as a "great colleague and a great friend".

She was found in her car at Hornick Hill in High Street, near St Austell, at about 9.15am on June 15.

Concern had been expressed for her welfare and police were notified of a car being parked in an "unexpected" location.

An inquest into her death was opened and adjourned at Truro Coroners' Court on Friday.

There are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident and it is believed she may have taken her own life.

Robin Hogg, sector inspector for Bodmin and Wadebridge, said: "I have personally known Gail for several years and it was my pleasure to have served as her inspector as she worked from Bodmin.

"I will always remember Gail as an excellent officer with a bright, happy and positive disposition. Her work and work ethics were of the highest standard and I am particularly proud of the way she performed her duty.

"She got the balance of law enforcement and community support spot on, this may be because of her initial work as a PCSO based at Truro.

"Her work with the public was always completed with a smile and she has had a very positive influence on the people she dealt with.

"Gail leaves a husband and two daughters who miss her deeply and are very proud of the role she carried out in the community.

"Her loss leaves a huge hole in the police family and this will be felt by all who knew her.

"She was more than just a colleague she was a good friend to us all. She will be truly missed.

"My thoughts go out to her family and friends at this time and I will continue to support them through the hard times ahead."

PCSO Lloyd Paynter, from Bodmin's neighbourhood team, said: "We knew her very well. She was a great colleague and a great friend as well.

"It's an absolutely huge shock for all of us. It has certainly hit home very hard. She was a really, really pleasant person."

St Stephen PCSO Brain Harris, who knew Ms Crocker, said: "I know she was very highly regarded by her colleagues. It's a tragic incident."

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