Manhunt over as body found

The body found at All Saints Church in Writtle near Chelmsford, Essex, is Peter Reeve, 64, the man suspected of shooting dead off-duty police officer Ian Dibell in Clacton-on-Sea on Monday, police said.

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'No words can describe the loss' of Pc

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.

– Statement from the family of Pc Ian Dibell

Police: 'Pc Dibell paid the ultimate price'

Essex Police Chief Constable Jim Barker-McCardle said Pc Ian Dibell had "paid the ultimate price" by placing himself in the line of fire while off-duty.

He said: "He was a highly-regarded and well-liked community police officer."This was highly disturbing but police officers know there is a time to grieve and that is when this investigation is complete."

Speaking at a news conference, police also confirmed that the risk to the public was now over following the discovery of Peter Reeve's body.

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Police: Handgun used in attack

Mr Barker-McCardle said a number of lines of inquiry were being pursued as to the motive.

He added: "There must have been some sort of catalyst that prompted the scale of a tragedy of this kind."

He said a handgun had been used in the attack and Mr Reeve, who was "largely unknown to police", did not hold a firearms licence.

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Images from the scene of police operation in Writtle

Essex police officers have surrounded Writtle village green in the hunt for Peter Reeve, the man suspected of shooting dead off-duty police officer Ian Dibell in Clacton-on-Sea on Monday.

Police surround Writtle Green in hunt for Peter Reeve. Credit: ITV News/Tom Barton

There are also unconfirmed reports a body has been found at All Saints Church in Writtle.A police news conference is scheduled for 10.30am.

Part of Writtle Green has been cordoned off by Essex Police. Credit: ITV News/Tom Barton
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