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Murdered police officer described as a 'hero'

PC Ian Dibell was off-duty when he was shot in Clacton, Essex Photo: Essex Police

A police officer who was shot dead has been described by his family as a hero.

PC Ian Dibell was off duty when he was killed in Clacton, Essex.

His family said in a statement: "The family are devastated by the news. We are immensely proud of Ian and the courage he showed.

"We take some comfort from his bravery.

"Policing was in his blood and Ian selflessly went to the aid of people in desperate need without fear or thought for his own safety. It was who he was, a hero.

"He has paid for the act in the most devastating way. He will be deeply missed and no words can describe the loss.

"He was very much loved by his family.

"We would like to thank Essex Police, friends and colleagues within the policing family and the public for their kind words and support.

"Finally the family now asks that the media leave us in piece to grieve for Ian."

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