Police are mourning the death of one of their officers who lost his battle with cancer this morning.
PC Gavin Smith, of Durham Police, who was part of the team which took part in the hit television show, Police Interceptors, has sadly died at the age of 34.
Gav had recently undergone treatment for cancer which had spread to his spine. He was treated in hospital and was then allowed to return home and received an escort from his colleagues.
It was at home he sadly passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, leaving his wife, Kezi, and daughter Tilly, four.
Kezi said: “I would like to thank everyone for their kind words and support which has been overwhelming.
“It has been a real comfort to both me and Tilly that he was so well regarded by so many.
“We will both miss him so very much.”
Gav, who was originally from Whitley Bay, had been with Durham Constabulary for 12 years and worked with the Roads Policing Unit.
Colleagues had been fundraising to send him and his family away for a weekend. Sadly, that was not possible but proceeds will be passed on for them to use in whichever way they see fit.
Insp Ed Turner, said: “Gav was extremely popular with colleagues and always had a smile on his face.
"He really was a glass half-full kind of guy and even right towards the end he was thinking about other people and about supporting his family.
“He will be sorely missed by all at the force.”