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Tributes paid to ‘kind and thoughtful’ John Coker after detective dies from Covid-19

A crowdfunding page set up to support DC John Coker's family has raised more than £13,000

20 April, 2020 — By Bronwen Weatherby

DC John Coker (BTP)

A BRITISH  Transport Police detective has died after contracting coronavirus.

Detective Constable John Coker, 53, worked for BTP for more than a decade and was based in Euston’s criminal investigations department.

The father-of-three died on Friday after a three-week battle with the virus. He was described by colleagues as a “charismatic, kind and thoughtful” person.

The BTP’s Chief Constable Paul Crowther said: “My thoughts are with John’s family, for whom the last three weeks have been incredibly difficult and who will be struggling to deal with this most distressing outcome. He was much loved and respected by all those he worked with.

“He took everything in his stride. He will be missed by all in the Force,” Chief Con Crowther added.

DC Coker began suffering from Covid-19 symptoms on March 22 and was taken to hospital and transferred to the intensive care unit (ICU) for critical treatment, however his health did not improve.

So far, more than 16,060 people with coronavirus have died.

A tweet from the Metropolitan Police Federation read: Very sad news. Our thoughts are with DC Coker’s family and friends, and all our colleagues in the British Transport Police.”

BTP network rep Ryan Sheehan tweeted: “Rest easy brother in blue.”

A Just Giving page set up by a serving BTP police officer to help raise £1,000 to support the family of DC Coke has now received £13,406 in donations.

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