Former Leicestershire’s Chief Constable Simon Cole was today found dead at this home. His body was discovered at his home in Kibworth Harcourt, in Leicestershire, in the wee hours of Friday morning.
In January, Cole was 55 and had just recently retired from his job as Chief Constable of Leicestershire.
He had an illustrating career of more than 30 years in the UK’s public service. He had also been the UK’s longest-serving Chief Constable.
As per reports, higher authorities have taken up the investigation into the cause of his death. The police have cordoned off the room as his body was sent for post-mortem to ascertain the cause of death.
Rob Nixon, Acting Chief Constable of Leicestershire, offered his condolences to the aggrieved family.
“It is hard to put into words how devastating this news is for the entire force who loved and respected Simon,” he said. “Our hearts go out to his family at this difficult time, and we will support them as much as we can.”
Expressing sadness over the sudden demise of the former top cop, he said that Simon’s death would have a “great impact on many of the communities of Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland.”
“His death will be a great loss to many of the people he worked with. All we can do is pull together and mourn the loss of a greatly respected man,” he added.
Nixon also asked public and media persons to respect Cole’s privacy.
“We want to respect their privacy and the Coroner’s process and would ask that the public and media do so too,” he said
Nixon also offered his support to all those who had previously worked with Cole in the UK Public services. As per a BBC report, Nixon had worked under Mr. Cole as his deputy for over four years.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland Rupert Matthews, also expressed shock over the death of a former cop.
Offering his condolences to Cole’s aggrieved family members and friends, he said, “I am shocked and extremely saddened to hear this tragic news. Simon Cole was the epitome of a great Chief Constable whose commitment to public service has been unswerving”.
“My thoughts and sympathies are with his family, friends, and colleagues. I sincerely hope they are given the time and space to grieve in peace,” he added.
Matthews also thanked the former cop for making Leicestershire safe from all sorts of crimes and illegal activities.
“We live in a safer place thanks to his leadership. I know that the officers and staff, past and present, of Leicestershire Police will feel his death keenly,” he added.
Matthews said he is aware that Cole was well respected and held in high regard with genuine affection at all service levels. He asked the people present to remember Cole’s great contributions to society, particularly to Leicestershire.
Police authorities said that an online book of public condolences would soon be made active on the official police website. The general public may pay respect to the former cop.