Tributes to police officer who died in bridge fall

The 28-year-old man’s body was pulled from the River Forth on Sunday night.

Clackmannanshire Bridge: The incident happened on Sunday night. Google 2020
Clackmannanshire Bridge: The incident happened on Sunday night.

A serving police officer has died after falling from Clackmannanshire Bridge.

The 28-year-old man’s body was pulled from the River Forth following reports of concern for a person at around 9.35pm on Sunday night.

The death is currently being treated as unexplained, although police said there were “no apparent suspicious circumstances”.

The force said support will be given to the officer’s family, friends and colleagues.

Assistant chief constable Steve Johnson said: “We are deeply saddened to confirm the death of a colleague who died near Kincardine on Sunday, January 19.

“Our thoughts are with the officer’s family and friends at this very sad time.

“The death of a colleague affects everyone within the organisation and will be most keenly felt by those officers and staff who worked beside him. It is important that they receive all our support.

“I will be visiting the officer’s family, friends and colleagues to offer our deepest sympathy and ensure they have access to the support they need at this difficult time.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Officers were made aware of concern for a person near the Clackmannanshire Bridge in Kincardine around 9.25pm on Sunday, January 19.

“The body of a 28-year-old man was recovered from the River Forth a short time later following a search.

“The death is currently being treated as unexplained, although there are no apparent suspicious circumstances. A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”

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