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Police officer who died while on duty named

Roy Buggins was working in Montrose, Angus, on Tuesday afternoon when he fell ill.

Roy Buggins, 51, of the Montrose and Brechin Community Policing Team died (Police Scotland/PA)
Roy Buggins, 51, of the Montrose and Brechin Community Policing Team died (Police Scotland/PA)

By Tom Eden, PA Scotland

A police officer who died while on duty in Angus has been named.

Roy Buggins, 51, fell ill while he was working in Montrose on Tuesday afternoon.

Police Scotland said there were no suspicious circumstances in the death of the “highly valued and well-respected” constable.

An update from the force’s Tayside division on Twitter paid tribute to Mr Buggins, who had served with the force for 29 years.

The post read: “We are deeply saddened to confirm the death of one of our officers while on duty yesterday.

“PC Roy Buggins, 51, had 29 years’ service as an officer and was a highly valued and well-respected member of the Montrose and Brechin Community Policing Team.”

Shortly after the death, Tayside divisional commander Chief Superintendent Andrew Todd said: “I can confirm a Police Scotland officer has this afternoon died while on duty in the Montrose area.

“The sympathies of everyone at Police Scotland are with the officer’s family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.

“There are no apparent suspicious circumstances and a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.”

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PC Roy Buggins (Police Scotland/PA)

Mr Buggins joined Tayside Police in 1990, spending time in Forfar, Friockheim, Carnoustie and 10 years in Arbroath before spending the last two years with the Montrose and Brechin Community Policing Team.

Police Scotland said Mr Buggins was a a “weel-kent” face in the local area as a regular attendee at events in and around Montrose and Brechin, often with his colleague Ally Hutchison.

He would regularly visit schools and retirement homes, speak with the public at police surgeries and Coffee With A Cop meetings.

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