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Thousands raised in a few hours for family of PC who died on duty

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PC Austin Jackson passed away yesterday.


Almost £5,000 has been raised for the family of a police officer who was taken ill and died on duty yesterday.

PC 2246 Austin Jackson who was a neighbourhood officer at Spinney Hill Police Station in Leicester, passed away aged 38.

A fundraising page was soon launched for his wife and four children, and exceeded its £1,000 target in a matter of hours. It is on course to exceed that by five times within a day of being set up.

The page says: “Please give as much or as little as you can to his family at this time and show your appreciation for this dedicated Bobby.”

St Matthews Police colleagues said on Twitter that they were "blown away with the support, and all the kind donations" received.

Chief Constable Simon Cole said: “Austin was always a professional and well-liked police officer who embedded himself in the St Matthew's community.‎ 

"He will be missed by his colleagues in the force, and I send my deepest condolences to his family."

Leicestershire Police Federation chairman Tiff Lynch said: “We were shocked and saddened to hear that Austin had passed away yesterday.

“He was a fine officer and our thoughts and sympathy are with his family, his colleagues and his friends.”

The Fed is on hand if officers need support following PC Jackson’s death.

South Leicestershire MP Alberto Costa said on Twitter: “Sad to hear news of local police officer PC Austin Jackson passing away yesterday. Thoughts with his family and @LPSpinneyWard colleagues.”

PC Jackson had served in the force since 2007.

To view the fundraising page click here.

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A while ago I tried to set it up that if a serving officer died in the line of duty a pound was automatically deducted from every officer and given to their family. 

Easily 100k. Despite a lot of trying, I was met with little interest and plenty of resistance. 

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It could be done easily by an uplift of subs to allow Fed to process it quickly?

I'd put a quid in a month on my subs happily, though sadly it possibly wouldn't always be enough.

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After trying every fed office and hq in the UK I gave up. 

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Zulu 22

There is the group insurance scheme but, we should be thinking of the family.

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