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Officers clap in honour of a much loved Sunderland councillor who died from coronavirus

Margaret Beck died from coronavirus on Friday 27, March. Credit: NCJ Media

As the nation took time out to clap for carers on Thursday night, police officers in Sunderland paid an emotional tribute to a much loved councillor who sadly died from coronavirus.

Margaret Beck the former councillor for Fulwell, was well known and respected by officers from the area's Neighbourhood Policing Team.

So much so, that as people from all over the country took to their streets, balconies and doorsteps in support of the NHS, officers surrounded Margaret's family home to clap in her honour.

Margaret’s family welcomed the heartfelt gesture and joined in.

Northumbria Police shared the video on their social media pages.

PCSO Alison Ross knows the Beck family well and paid tribute to Margaret, calling her ‘an amazing woman':

It’s been really difficult for us all to come to terms with her loss and while tonight is all about showing our support to the NHS and to those people looking after us during this unprecedented time, I also wanted to make sure Margaret’s family, and the wider community, had an opportunity to pay their respects to a wonderful woman.

– PCSO Alison Ross, Northumbria Police

Margaret Beck who has been described as a ''tireless campaigner for her community'' died on Friday 27, March. She leaves behind her husband of 49-years Richard, 73, daughter Theresa, 51 and grandson Ryan who is 24.

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