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Briton dies on France ski break


A police officer collapsed while on a skiing break in France

A police officer collapsed while on a skiing break in France

A police officer collapsed while on a skiing break in France

A British police officer has died on a skiing holiday with colleagues in France.

Richard Williams, 32, died on Tuesday afternoon after collapsing, West Midlands Police confirmed. A police spokesman said he was a constable with the force and paid tribute to a "much-loved son, brother and cherished colleague".

Pc Williams - known as Rich to friends and colleagues - was a response officer working with the local policing unit in Wolverhampton.

Chief Inspector Darren Walsh, of Wolverhampton Police, said: "Rich was a much-loved son, brother and a cherished colleague who will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with Rich's family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time."

A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: "We have been informed of the death of a British national in France and consular staff are following up."

In a later statement, the FCO spokesman said: "We are providing consular assistance at this difficult time for the family."

Mr Williams died in the ski resort of Val d'Isere in south-east France, according to sources.

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Meanwhile, police colleagues continued to pay tribute to the officer, who had served with the West Midlands force for 10 years.

West Midlands Police Federation chairman Ian Edwards said: "We were all very saddened to hear that Rich collapsed and died while on a skiing trip. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this sad time."

Tom Cuddeford, branch deputy chairman, said: "I knew Rich and he was a very well-liked and respected individual and a hard-working officer. He will definitely be missed and his death, I am sure, has come as a great shock to all who knew him."

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