Policewoman found hanged in Wakefield hospital

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A female police officer has been found hanged in toilets at a Wakefield hospital, prompting an investigation.

South Yorkshire Police officer Andrea Jayne Shelton was taken to Pinderfields Hospital after she was found at home with various injuries to her body.

The 45-year-old was later found dead in the toilets of the ward where she was being treated on 19 January.

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances. An investigation has been launched by the hospital.

'Highly respected'

Professor Tim Hendra, medical director at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHSTrust, said: "The death of this woman is a tragedy which is the subject of thorough investigation.

"We are working closely with the police in support of their inquiries. Our thoughts and sympathies are with her family at this time."

Ms Shelton, who was married and lived in Pontefract, had worked for the South Yorkshire force for 27 years and was a mounted officer.

Deputy Chief Constable Bob Dyson, of South Yorkshire Police, said: "It's very sad to lose a colleague in these circumstances.

"Jayne was highly respected within South Yorkshire Police and everyone's thoughts are with her family and friends at this very difficult time."

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