TRIBUTES have been paid to a Worcester police officer and judo instructor, who died on Wednesday evening aged just 41.

Constable Duncan Jones died on July 16 after being taken seriously ill while instructing at Worcester Judo Club.

He worked as a response officer and south Worcester and lived in the city with his wife Sarah and three children.

In a statement issued by West Mercia Police, Mrs Jones said: “He will be greatly missed by his family and those who came into contact with him through work or sport.”

PC Jones was well-known as a passionate sportsman who spent a large amount of his time helping young people build confidence.

He also participated in the highest levels in judo and won a number of competitions.

West Mercia Police Superintendent Mark Travis paid tribute to PC Jones, saying: "I would firstly like to offer my thoughts for Duncan's family, friends and colleagues.

“This news has devastated Duncan's colleagues.

“Duncan was an exceptional officer who was patient and tolerant, he had a compassionate approach to policing. His professionalism in sport was reflected at work.

“He delivered a great service for the public of South Worcester, loving his job.

“Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this.

“This is a tragic loss, we will honour Duncan's memory be continuing to police with his enthusiasm.”

Police are investigating the circumstances of his death but they are not thought to be suspicious.