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Tributes To Sussex Police Officers Who Died This Week

Sgt. Sean Preston, and PC Doug Franks, mourned by Sussex Police colleagues, family and friends

Sussex Police described the last seven days as a "sad week", as colleagues, family and friends mourned two "much-loved and respected" officers.

PC Doug Franks, 43, (right in picture) who served as a member of the Bognor Response team, died suddenly at his home in Lee-on-the-Solent on 10 February.

He leaves a son. 

Sgt Sean Preston, 50, (left in picture) a custody sergeant in Worthing, died on 12 February.

He had been working from home for several months and was admitted to hospital in January after contracting Covid-19.

He leaves his partner, children and grandchildren. 

Chief Constable Jo Shiner said:

“It has been a very sad week for Sussex Police with the untimely passing of two of our police family.

"My thoughts are with Doug and Sean’s families, friends and colleagues.

“Doug was a much-liked and well-respected colleague, who fulfilled his ambition to be a police officer when he joined Sussex Police in July 2019.

"He was proud to achieve independent patrol status a year ago and served to keep people in Sussex safe. 

“A popular colleague, he was devoted to his son and his career.

"He joined the force after working as a financial investigator with the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit, where he built strong friendships and was known for his infectious enthusiasm. 

"Sean was a highly respected and experienced officer working in a number of roles within the service including Neighbourhood Sergeant at Gatwick Airport and Custody Officer at Worthing and Brighton.

"Sean was a huge character with a great sense of humour he was loved by everyone he worked with and devoted to his family.

“They will both be missed by all who knew them and I am proud that they were able to serve the local community with passion, pride and commitment.”

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