Police officer Adele Cashman dies chasing suspects in Camden

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By JulieGK | Tuesday, November 06, 2012, 20:30

Tributes have been paid to "much loved" Detective Constable Adele Cashman who collapsed and died chasing suspected thieves yesterday.

The 30-year-old died after chasing suspects in a mobile phone theft in Haverstock Hill, Camden, yesterday at 9.31pm.

DC Adele Cashman collapsed during the chase with her collegues in Belsize Park Gardens. She was helped by a local resident but never recovered. DC Cashman died at 11.10pm yesterday at the Royal Free Hospital, in Hampstead.

Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe said: "It's a terrible tragedy for Adele's family, it's a terrible tragedy for her colleagues. We are grateful for the support of the members of the public who came forward to try and help her and the London Ambulance Service.

"Adele was an eager officer, she was in a crime squad, she was out there chasing criminals, which is I'm sure the reason she joined. She was out there being brave, getting stuck in and then this great tragedy has happened. It is a terrible loss to everybody who knew her.

"I understand Adele had just returned from holiday. Her family must be desperately sad, particularly her parents and obviously we will try to help them cope with the tragedy of losing their daughter but there is no easy way to do that."

Enquiries continue into the tragic circumstances of her death. A post-mortem examination was due to take place today.

Adele joined the Metropolitan Police in 2006 and was stationed at Wandsworth Borough, where she worked as a PC. She transferred to Camden in 2010 as a Detective Constable.

Detective Superintendent Richard Tucker, acting borough commander for Camden added: "Adele was a much loved and wholly dedicated officer. We at Camden, are completely devastated at her sudden passing and our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this tragically sad time."

  • A 17-year-old suspect was arrested at the junction of Belsize Grove.  A second youth, also aged 17 years, was arrested nearby. A phone was recovered. The suspects remain in custody at north and central London police stations.



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