Merseyside Police say 'our thoughts' with PC Briggs' family

PC Paul Briggs who died this morning. Credit: Family picture.

Merseyside Police have released a statement following the death of PC Paul Briggs yesterday morning.

Chief Constable Andy Cooke, said: "On behalf of PC Briggs' colleagues and friends at Merseyside Police I want to let his family know that we are all thinking of them at this tragic time.

"I have met with Paul's wife Lindsey and the last 16 months have been devastating for her and Paul's family, but they bravely fought for the Paul's right to die. Paul was a young man and his death is a tragedy, but I know that Lindsey, his daughter Ella, and his family, will find some comfort in knowing that Paul is now at peace and his wishes have been honoured.

"Paul joined Merseyside Police in 2004, following in his father's footsteps by choosing a career in policing after leaving the Army. He was first posting was in Wallasey between 2004 and 2007.

"From there Paul joined the Roads Policing Unit in 2007, where he quickly became a valued member of the team. Paul dedicated his career to protecting the public and the force is flying the flag at half mast in his honour. Our thoughts and condolences are with Lindsey, Ella, his family, friends and colleagues"