PC Ian Dibell death: Essex Police seek posthumous award

PC Ian Dibell PC Ian Dibell was killed while trying to stop a shooting in Essex

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Essex Police will be seeking "all appropriate commendations and awards" for a police officer shot dead tackling a gunman, the force has said.

A coroner said PC Ian Dibell deserved a medal for gallantry after he died in Clacton last July.

Caroline Beasley-Murray, coroner for Essex and Thurrock, said the 41-year-old officer was unlawfully killed.

His killer, 64-year-old Peter Reeve, took his own life the following morning in a churchyard near Chelmsford.

Responding to the coroner's recommendation, Assistant Chief Constable Julia Wortley said: "We are very grateful for those words from the coroner."

The inquest on Monday was the first time evidence surrounding PC Dibell's death had been aired in public.

"We will be pursuing all appropriate commendations and awards, posthumous awards for Ian," ACC Wortley said. "We can now take further actions and proceedings of that nature."

During the inquest, it emerged PC Dibell was shot as he tried to stop Peter Reeve, 64, firing a revolver at two members of the public.

Ballistics expert Dr Philip Alexander told the hearing the gun used to kill the officer was a World War I revolver.

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