Police Mourn Sudden Death Of Popular PC

Terry Elmer was well-known in Wimbledon Park

Local police are mourning the sudden death of popular Wimbledon Park PC, Terry Elmer.

PC Elmer, aged 48, was taken ill at home and taken to Kingston Hospital, where he died on Thursday (November 22). His wife Jill and son Craig, a PCSO in Wimbledon's Trinity ward, were at his bedside.

Merton police have been flying a flag at half-mast from their Wimbledon headquarters, where they have also opened a Book of Condolences. There is another at the Wimbledon Park Safer Neighbourhood Base.

Borough Commander Darren Williams (left) said: "Terry's death has hit everyone at Merton very hard - Terry seemed fit and well and even just the day before he died he was bantering with his colleagues at an SNT training day.

"He was a key part of our Safer Neighbourhood Team, his ward being in Wimbledon Park where he was widely known and much loved."

Wimbledon Park Councillor Oonagh Moulton said: "My fellow Ward Councillors and I were deeply shocked to learn of this sad news. PC Elmer was a trusted and highly valued member of our Safer Neighbourhood Team here in Wimbledon Park.

"We send our deepest sympathy to the whole Safer Neighbourhood team and to all his colleagues in the local police, including his son Craig, who have worked so closely with him over many years. We have also asked the Borough Commander to pass on our condolences to his widow and family. Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time."

November 28, 2012