Grief at death of respected Kent Police detective Ben Turner
Touching tributes have been paid to a serving Kent
Police detective who has died aged 37.
Well-respected DS Ben Turner, who had served with the force for
13 years, passed away on Friday.
Flags at the county's police stations are flying at half mast to
honour the "one-in-million" officer, who was based at
A Kent Police spokesman said today: "It is with great sadness
that we can confirm the death of DS Ben Turner on 15 February.
"Ben was a member of the Tonbridge reactive investigation team
in west division and was a respected and popular officer.
"He joined Kent Police in 2000 and worked in a variety of
"A book of condolence will be available in the coming days for
colleagues to celebrate Ben's life and pay their respects while the
force's flags have been at half mast as a mark of respect."
Dozens of tributes have been paid to DS Turner (pictured
above) on the Kent Police Federation's Facebook page.
Friend Hayley Campbell posted: "He was a great copper, and was
always ready to give you and hand and never too busy to help to
point you in the right direction.
"It is clear that Ben was one in a million and that his passing has affected so many people..." – Kent Police Federation chairman Ian Pointon
"A real loss to everyone. Always ready with laughter and to
crack a joke to cheer anyone up."
Another, Claire Black said: "I really can't believe you've gone,
such awful and shocking news. Next time I go to work I will still
be expecting to see that cheeky grin."
Friend Tim Price said: "Ben was an awesome copper and all round
top bloke. The entire nick will be in mourning. We have lost one of
the family, and it will be a darker place now he's gone."
Kent Police Federation chairman Ian Pointon said: "The response
to the tragic loss of Ben Turner has been beyond imagination.
"The messages of condolence from immediate colleagues, members
of the public and colleagues from other forces has been
"It is clear that Ben was one in a million and that his passing
has affected so many people."
Did you know DS Ben Turner? Leave your tributes below.
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