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Tributes paid to 'larger than life' police officer who died following crash on M6

PC Nick Dumphrey's family have paid tribute to their 'kind and loving husband and father'. Credit: Cumbria Police

Tributes have been paid to a police officer who died following a collision on the M6.

Police Constable Nick Dumphreys died after the incident on the southbound carriageway on Sunday 26 January.

The 47-year-old father joined Cumbria Constabulary in 2003, working for the majority of his time with the constabulary’s Mobile Support Group.

PC Nick Dumphreys' family have paid tribute to their 'kind and loving husband and father'.

Nick was a kind and loving husband and father.

He was a larger than life character who loved his job and adored his children.

His passing will leave an enormous hole in all our hearts.

We would like to thank everyone for their condolences, help and support over the last 24 hours but we would ask now for some time and privacy to come to terms with what has happened.”

– Family tribute to PC Nick Dumphreys

PC Nick Dumphreys died after a serious crash which closed the M6 southbound between junctions 43 and 44 for several hours.

The collision involved one vehicle, and happened at approximately 2pm.

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Cumbria Police have also released statements in tribute to PC Dumphreys.

The sudden death of Police Constable Nick Dumphreys has left everyone within the Constabulary shocked and saddened.

Nick was an extremely popular and respected officer, not least because of his professionalism, integrity and dedication to policing in Cumbria.

Colleagues who worked closely with him would describe him as a consummate professional who you could always rely on.

He was a big character with an even bigger heart who always put other people first.

Our thoughts are particularly with his family today who are devastated at his loss, particularly his wife Kat and his young children.”

– Michelle Skeer, Cumbria Police Chief Constable

Officers are asking anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has any dashcam footage of the incident, or the vehicle involved prior to the collision, to contact police.

I’m sure the people of Cumbria will join me in expressing out profound sadness at the appalling and tragic loss of Police Constable Nick Dumphreys who died on duty yesterday.

I know that Nick was a most professional and dedicated officer who was totally committed to protect and serve the public.

My first thoughts, prayers and sincere condolences are with Nick’s wife, children, friends and colleagues.

Nick died in the line of duty doing the job at which he excelled, he will be most sadly missed.”

– Peter McCall, Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner
  • Cumbria Police is asking anyone who witnessed the incident or may have dashcam footage to get in touch.