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Guard of honour at funeral of Kent Police detective Ben Turner

DS Ben Turner, who served with Kent Police for 13 years, has died
DS Ben Turner, who served with Kent Police for 13 years, has died

Dozens of police officers stood in tribute to a fellow officer.

Colleagues of DS Ben Turner, who died at the age of 37 last month formed a guard of honour outside both police stations in Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells earlier today, as his coffin passed by on the way to his funeral.

Officers in uniform lined up in front of the Tonbridge station as his body passed on its way to a public service at St Stephen’s Church in Tonbridge.

There was a similar scene outside the Tunbridge Wells station when it passed on its way to the Kent and Sussex Crematorium in Tunbridge Wells for a private service for close friends and family.

DS Turner, who had served with Kent Police for 13 years, worked with the reactive investigation team in Tonbridge.

Tributes paid to him described him as a “one in a million” officer and an “awesome copper”.

Speaking ahead of the service, divisional commander Chief Supt Andrew Rabey said DS Turner was a very talented officer, and was highly respected by all his colleagues.

"The whole force is in mourning for a young man who made such a valuable contribution to keeping Kent safe," he added.

DS Turner was found dead at the Premier Inn, at Medway Valley Park, at just before 11am on Friday, February 15.

An inquest into his death has been opened and adjourned.

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