Tributes to PSNI officer killed in riding accident
Tributes have been paid to a police officer who died in an off-duty riding accident.
Claire Lowe, 39, sustained fatal injuries when she fell off her horse in Ballygowan, Co Down, on Wednesday.
The PSNI constable from Co Down was a well-known figure in equestrian circles across Ireland.
Superintendent Sean Wright, Lisburn and Castlereagh City District Commander, said her loss would be deeply felt for a long time.
"Claire was an experienced and professional police officer with six years' service," he said.
"Claire was in the prime of her life. We all knew of her love for horses and for her sport but we also knew her for being a committed police officer who found challenge and reward in serving the local community and in keeping people safe throughout the Lisburn and Castlereagh district.
"Claire's untimely death has caused shock amongst her friends and colleagues across PSNI. She will be very much missed by all of us and her loss will be deeply felt for a long time to come."
Mr Wright added: "Our thoughts are with Claire's family and friends at this tragic and difficult time."