Tributes have been paid to a Suffolk PCSO who died in Ipswich Hospital after being diagnosed with coronavirus

Tributes have been paid to a police hero who died in Ipswich Hospital after being diagnosed with coronavirus.

PCSO John Hood was 66 years old.

He developed symptoms of COVID-19 a week before he was admitted to hospital on March 20.

As soon as he noticed the symptoms he went into self-isolation and battled the illness until his condition deteriorated and he had to be hospitalised.

He died on Tuesday, March 24.

PCSO Hood was originally from New Zealand, where he had worked as a DJ. After moving to Felixstowe in Suffolk, he joined the police and became a regular contributor to BBC Suffolk radio station.

He was hailed as a hero in 2016, when he jumped into the sea in Felixstowe to save a group of young girls who had got into trouble in the water.

The Chief of Suffolk Police sent his condolences to John's family and friends via Twitter and said he was thinking of John's family at this sad time.

Suffolk Coastal MP Therese Coffey also tweeted her condolences, saying "very sorry to learn of the death due to coronavirus of John Hood from Felixstowe, who served our community. RIP."