Tayside and Central Scotland

Tribute to PC Rhianydd Hitchcock who died at Alloa police station

Rhianydd Hitchcock Image copyright Police Scotland
Image caption PC Hitchcock was found dead at Alloa police station on Saturday

Relatives of a serving police officer who died at Alloa police station have described her death as a "senseless tragedy".

PC Rhianydd Hitchcock, 29, was found dead at the station on Saturday.

A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out, but police said there appeared to be no suspicious circumstances.

Her family said she was a "beloved daughter and sister" and "was accomplished with so much left to do".

In a statement released through Police Scotland, they said: "We would like to thank everyone for their kind words following the sudden passing of our beloved daughter and sister Rhianydd.

"Proud to have been the first type one diabetic accepted into what was then Central Scotland Police.

"She was accomplished with so much left to do. Our big lassie will be so missed by ourselves, her special girl Maia and all her many friends.

"Following this senseless tragedy we ask to be allowed to deal with our grief privately at this time."

Ch Supt Davie Flynn, commander for Forth Valley, described PC Hitchcock as a "loyal and committed officer, well respected and popular with colleagues".

He added: "She was doing the job she loved and had recently gained the leadership diploma allowing her to be considered for promotion.

"We are very saddened by her death, it is a tragic loss and she will be sorely missed by everyone who knew her."

He said sympathies were with her family and added that his officers would do all they could to support them.

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