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Three Scotland Yard staff have died from Covid in last two months

The Met Police has lost three staff members to coronavirus since the start of the pandemic, the force's chief revealed today.

Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick told the London Assembly's police and crime meeting that the last few weeks had been 'really dreadful' for some people, and that the force's officers had been 'very resilient' during the pandemic.

But on a sombre note, she added that Scotland Yard had 'very sadly' lost three police staff colleagues 'apparently to Covid'. 

She added that there had been more than 900 assaults on officers and staff between March 20 and May 31, including 100 incidents where coronavirus was used as a threat.

Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick told the London Assembly's police and crime meeting that the last few weeks had been 'really dreadful' for some people

Of the 100 incidents, 83 people were charged. 

'The last few weeks have been really dreadful, very sad for so many people, frightening for everybody and clearly the virus has impacted on some communities even more than others,' said Dame Cressida.

'I do want to highlight the high levels of compliance we have seen from the public over covert restrictions and the achievements of the match during this time.

'I’m proud with what my officers have done despite the unprecedented and complex changes to the law.'

She added that the job of policing social distancing had 'not been easy', but that the Met 'has remained largely very resilient and in healthy shape operationally'.

She added that there had been more than 900 assaults on officers and staff between March 20 and May 31, including 100 incidents where coronavirus was used as a threat

In a statement by the force regarding the deaths, a spokesperson said: 'It is with great sadness that we can confirm that since the beginning of the pandemic three members of police staff have died after contracting Covid-19.

'We are at this time respecting the needs of the families and are not releasing their names.'

One member of Metropolitan Police staff who died after contracting coronavirus, believed to be the first case in the force, had worked in the contact centre, which handles 999 and 101 calls from the public and dispatches police to incidents.

A Dorset Police officer died on Monday after being suspected of contracting coronavirus.

The force said the 56-year-old had been unwell since Christmas with a chest infection.

Police leaders have not disclosed how many officers and staff are currently off work due to coronavirus

He had been off sick since 19 March and went into self-isolation after displaying covid-19 symptoms.

Several doctors have also died during the outbreak in Britain.

Police leaders have not disclosed how many officers and staff are currently off work due to coronavirus.

Contingency plans have been drawn up by forces across the UK for a maximum of one fifth of officers to be lost at any one time. 

At the City Hall meeting today, Dame Cressida also added that she was 'appalled by the images of George Floyd and the way he apparently lost his life".

She said that police were also 'horrified at the violence and destruction going on in so many cities in the States"

She acknowledged 'feelings are running high' in London following death of George Floyd.  

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