Two serving police constables die with coronavirus, as federation calls for officers to be vaccinated

Jamie Johnson
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Police Constable Abbasuddin Ahmed with his daughter - Greater Manchester Police / PA 
Police Constable Abbasuddin Ahmed with his daughter - Greater Manchester Police / PA

Two serving police constables have died after testing positive for Covid-19, as the Police Federation pleads for officers to be vaccinated.

Pc Michael Warren, a 37-year-old father-of-two who joined the Met in 2005, was classed as “vulnerable” and had been shielding at home, working remotely to help his team. He died on Tuesday after a positive Covid-19 test.

Police Constable Abbasuddin Ahmed, 40, joined Greater Manchester Police in March 2017 and leaves behind his wife and two young children who are receiving Force support.

PC Ahmed, who passed away on Thursday, has been described by his colleagues on the Stretford Response Team as 'the greatest brother in and out of work' and 'such a lovely man who was never seen without a smile on his face.'

Officers also paid tribute to Abs' 'pride of being a police officer' adding: "Abs lived up his name meaning 'lion' - brave, loyal, a fighter, protective, and completely fearless. Abs will live in our hearts forever."

Pc Michael Warren
Pc Michael Warren

Chief Inspector Neil Cook, of GMP's Trafford division, said: "Abbas had been away from frontline duties during the pandemic to look after his health but was continuing to work from home and was looking forward to returning and getting back onto the streets to continue serving the community when it was safe to do so.

"Our thoughts are with Abbas' wife and two young children who are understandably devastated by his loss and we are giving them all the support that we can at this time.

"To see the shock and sadness of colleagues is an awful but pertinent reminder of the dangers of this terrible virus, and we remain committed to doing all that we can to protect the public and limit the number of people affected by such dreadful consequences."

Mark Andrews, the Wiltshire Police Federation Chair, called for swift vaccines for serving officers who are “putting themselves in harm’s way”.