TRIBUTE has been paid to a serving Cleveland Police officer who died following a seafront car fire.

PC Dave Myers suffered serious injuries last Monday and passed away on Friday.

The longserving officer, who was a key part of Hartlepool's neighbourhood policing team, also worked in London with the Metropolitan Police.

A Cleveland Police spokesperson said: "In the early hours of Monday, April 15, emergency services were alerted to a car fire on the sea front at Seaton Carew. A man required hospital treatment and we have now been notified that he has now died.

“Having spoken to his family, we can now confirm that the deceased was a serving Cleveland Police Officer, PC David Myers.

“Our thoughts and sympathies are with David’s family, friends and colleagues. He was 47-years-old and he had 16 years’ service with Cleveland Police, having previously served with the Metropolitan Police Service.

“Inquiries into the circumstances surrounding his death are ongoing and officers are supporting David’s family and colleagues. His family need privacy at this very difficult time and we would urge that everyone respects this.”

In 2002, while working with the Metropolitan Police, he suffered serious injuries when he was visiting relatives in Hartlepool.
He confronted up to five youths in Marlborough Street and suffered a number of stab wounds around his body which caused 'severe bleeding'.

Graham Hull, then aged 21, pleaded guilty to wounding the officer with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. He was sentenced to ten years for the attack on the officer.

  • A JustGiving page for the officer has also been set up with the aim of raising £1,000 for his family. The Police Hour fundraising page can be found here.