Calls for "hero" police officer to be awarded for bravery

PC Ian Dibell

There are growing calls for a police officer who lost his life trying to disarm a gunman in Essex to be posthumously awarded for his bravery.

PC Ian Dibell was off duty when he was shot dead, near his home in Clacton last July.

At the inquest into his death yesterday, the coroner recorded a verdict of unlawful killing, praising PC Dibell for his "quite extraordinary bravery" and recommending a commendation for his actions.

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Inquest into death of PC Ian Dibell

An inquest is due in Chelmsford today into the death of a Clacton police officer who was shot dead defending a neighbour last July.