Tributes paid to judo-loving West Mercia police officer from Worcester

Duncan Jones was a successful judo exponent

Duncan Jones was a successful judo exponent

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a Worcester police officer and judo instructor, who died on Wednesday evening aged just 41.

Constable Duncan Jones died on July 16 after being taken seriously ill while instructing at Worcester Judo Club.

He worked as a response officer and south Worcester and lived in the city with his wife Sarah and three children.

In a statement issued by West Mercia Police, Mrs Jones said: “He will be greatly missed by his family and those who came into contact with him through work or sport.”

PC Jones was well-known as a passionate sportsman who spent a large amount of his time helping young people build confidence.

He also participated in the highest levels in judo and won a number of competitions.

West Mercia Police Superintendent Mark Travis paid tribute to PC Jones, saying: "I would firstly like to offer my thoughts for Duncan's family, friends and colleagues.

“This news has devastated Duncan's colleagues.

“Duncan was an exceptional officer who was patient and tolerant, he had a compassionate approach to policing. His professionalism in sport was reflected at work.

“He delivered a great service for the public of South Worcester, loving his job.

“Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this.

“This is a tragic loss, we will honour Duncan's memory be continuing to police with his enthusiasm.”

Police are investigating the circumstances of his death but they are not thought to be suspicious.

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6:36pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Sensei Benné says...

Respect to my fallen comrade, a fellow police officer, a fellow martial artist but most importantly a friend, sleep well Sensei my thought are with you and your family x
Respect to my fallen comrade, a fellow police officer, a fellow martial artist but most importantly a friend, sleep well Sensei my thought are with you and your family x Sensei Benné
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7:02pm Thu 17 Jul 14

50Chip says...

Words can't express the shock and sadness of the untimely passing of such a good man. Always had a smile on his face and something to say. Sleep well my friend.
Words can't express the shock and sadness of the untimely passing of such a good man. Always had a smile on his face and something to say. Sleep well my friend. 50Chip
  • Score: 59

10:51am Fri 18 Jul 14

Wh1t3Kn1ght says...

Great guy - totally stunned by his early departure. Thoughts with family and friends.
Great guy - totally stunned by his early departure. Thoughts with family and friends. Wh1t3Kn1ght
  • Score: 16

10:52am Fri 18 Jul 14

Wh1t3Kn1ght says...

WN can you not replace the picture of the police hat with a picture of Duncan?
WN can you not replace the picture of the police hat with a picture of Duncan? Wh1t3Kn1ght
  • Score: 20

11:12am Fri 18 Jul 14

Harveytux says...

Rest in peace DJ, sadly missed, thoughts with your family, colleagues and friends will be closer as a result of this tragic news.
Rest in peace DJ, sadly missed, thoughts with your family, colleagues and friends will be closer as a result of this tragic news. Harveytux
  • Score: 16

12:09pm Fri 18 Jul 14

tinateabg says...

So sorry for your loss. I have just had a shocking loss,but my thoughts are with you too ,your family and friends xxx R I P
So sorry for your loss. I have just had a shocking loss,but my thoughts are with you too ,your family and friends xxx R I P tinateabg
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12:12pm Fri 18 Jul 14

willing says...

What a terribly tragic loss. Duncan helped both my sons to gain confidence and learn judo, giving so generously of his time with his dad, mum, and brother...and he was formidable in the dojo.

What a painful loss of one of Worcester's good men, and a good police officer. My kindest thoughts extend to his family and friends
What a terribly tragic loss. Duncan helped both my sons to gain confidence and learn judo, giving so generously of his time with his dad, mum, and brother...and he was formidable in the dojo. What a painful loss of one of Worcester's good men, and a good police officer. My kindest thoughts extend to his family and friends willing
  • Score: 21

7:37pm Fri 18 Jul 14

TheCat8 says...

My heart goes out to his wife, Sarah and children. Please WN can you, with the family's permission, let us know when Duncan's funeral will be? I went to sixth form with him, saw him around over the years and would very much like to pay my respects. xxx
My heart goes out to his wife, Sarah and children. Please WN can you, with the family's permission, let us know when Duncan's funeral will be? I went to sixth form with him, saw him around over the years and would very much like to pay my respects. xxx TheCat8
  • Score: 10

9:23pm Fri 18 Jul 14

BrianCrump says...

Total shock. My early childhood memories are of you and Phil at Worcester Judo Club in the late 70s and early 80s. My thoughts are with your family.
Total shock. My early childhood memories are of you and Phil at Worcester Judo Club in the late 70s and early 80s. My thoughts are with your family. BrianCrump
  • Score: 12

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