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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Appeal: Police try to reconstruct last hours of killer

Killer Peter Reeve Credit: Essex Police

Detectives trying to reconstruct the last moments of a gunman who killed a police officer have issued an appeal for information.

Pc Dibell, 41, was shot dead near his home in Clacton, Essex, last week. His suspected killer, Peter Reeve, 64, was found dead the following day.

Today, Essex Police said people who were in the Chelmsford area on the evening of July 9 and the morning of July 10 may hold the key to piecing together Reeve's movements.

Officers now believe Reeve was in Chelmsford at 9pm on July 9 - just five hours after a major manhunt was launched to find him.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Parkes said: "We know Peter Reeve got a train from Colchester to Chelmsford at approximately 7.30pm on Monday, July 9, and tried to visit friends and family in the Melbourne area a couple of hours later.

We then have no further sightings until we found his body in the grounds of All Saints Church in Writtle at 8.30am the following morning. This was after a gunshot was heard.

"We need to find out how Peter Reeve got to Colchester and how he came to be in Writtle on Tuesday morning.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Colchester's major investigation team on 101 or email

Inquest opens into death of murdered Essex policeman

An inquest into the deaths of murdered Essex policeman Ian Dibell and the man believed to have shot him was opened and adjourned today.

Pc Dibell, who was 41, died after being shot while trying to intervene in a dispute near his home in Clacton on Monday.

Police launched a manhunt for sixty four year old Peter Reeve who was found lying dead in a churchyard at Writtle near Chelmsford the following morning.


Clacton mourns murdered PC

Heartfelt tributes have been paid to Ian Dibell, the Essex police officer shot and killed in Clacton.

Friends and colleagues have been telling ITV Anglia correspondent Malcolm Robertson of their personal loss and grief.

His bravery has been praised in the House of Commons by both the Prime Minister and the leader of the opposition.

Closer to home, friends and colleagues have been telling Malcolm about their personal loss and grief.

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