Clacton mourns murdered PC

A policeman has been shot dead in Clacton-on-Sea after apparently intervening in a row between neighbours. The man police were hunting has been found dead in Writtle.

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Police cleared over gunman's death

The official police watchdog has ruled that there is no need for an external investigation into the death of gunman Peter Reeve.

The death of Mr Reeve, whose body was found in Writtle this morning, was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

But the IPCC has ruled that as no police officers were present at the time Mr Reeve died, and there had been no police contact with him since Monday's shooting in Clacton, there was no need for an external inquiry.

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Family's tribute to murdered policeman

In a statement released by Essex Police, PC Ian Dibell's family said they were immensely proud of him and of 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. No words can describe the loss. He was very much loved by his family."

Police cordon remains in Clacton following double shooting

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Flowers are left for Pc Ian Dibell, shot dead on Monday Credit: ITV Anglia

A police cordon remains in place in Clacton following a double shooting.

It's believed off-duty police office, Ian Dibell, was shot dead in Redbridge Road as he intervened in a dispute on Monday afternoon.

A second man was shot and suffered leg injuries.

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Pc Ian Dibell was shot off-duty when he was shot in Clacton Credit: ITV Anglia

Police launched a manhunt involving hundreds of officers, vowing "not to rest" until they found suspected gunman Peter Reeve, 64.

His body was later found in a churchyard in Writtle, near Chelmsford.

Police remain at the scene of a double shooting in Clacton Credit: ITV Anglia

Essex Chief Constable Jim Barker-McCardle said: "I can confirm Peter Reeve, the man wanted for the murder of a serving police officer, was found dead, with a weapon in a Writtle churchyard and no shots were fired by the police."

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Body confirmed as Peter Reeve

Police have confirmed that the man they were hunting in connection with the shooting of an off-duty policeman in Clacton has been found dead in Writtle, Essex.

Essex Police Chief Constable Jim Barker-McCardle said Peter Reeve was found dead in Writtle churchyard near Chelmsford.

He had a weapon with him. No police shots were fired.

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Body found in hunt for gunman

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Police at Writtle where a body has been found in the hunt for gunman Peter Reeve Credit: Chris Warner, ITV Anglia

Police hunting the gunman who shot PC Ian Dibell have sealed off the centre of Writtle near Chelmsford. A body believed to be Peter Reeve's has been found near All Saints' church. Officers are searching the scene.

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