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Death of a Serving Officer

Tribute to 'charismatic, kind and thoughtful' BTP officer who died following Covid-19 illness

It is with tremendous sadness that I can confirm Detective Constable John Coker, aged 53, passed away last night.

John was taken ill on 22nd March with symptoms of Coronavirus. After his health did not improve he was admitted to hospital and transferred to an intensive care unit to receive critical treatment.  Despite the best efforts of hospital staff, John’s health did not improve, and he passed away on Friday 17 April.

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. Local colleagues have been in constant contact with John’s wife and will pass on the heartfelt condolences of us all. BTP will continue that support over the coming days, weeks and months.

Understandably this is a very difficult time for John’s wife and family and they have asked for privacy. My thoughts are also with the many officers and staff who worked alongside John, as we each come to terms with this truly awful news.

John has been part of the BTP family for over a decade and became a Detective Constable within the CID department at Euston where he was much loved and respected by all those he worked with. His colleagues remember a man who was charismatic, kind and thoughtful and took everything in his stride. He will be greatly missed by all in the Force.

John is survived by his wife and their three children.

Paul Crowther, Chief Constable
For any information relating to DC, John Coker, please make enquiries with the BTP Federation via their website:-