Community heartbroken at death of Sunderland PCSO, 48, after battle with coronavirus

The community has paid tribute to a Sunderland Police Community Support Officer, who died after testing positive for Covid-19, as they encourage the public to take the virus seriously.
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Tragically, the 48-year-old dad died on Wednesday, October 28, after his condition worsened.

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The PCSO, who first started working for Northumbria Police 28 years ago, leaves behind wife Laura, who also works for the force, and their son Adam.

PCSO Graham Dinning.PCSO Graham Dinning.
PCSO Graham Dinning.

Laura said: “We are absolutely devastated beyond words.

“Wez was a caring and loving husband and father – and an incredible friend who will be greatly missed by so many.

“He really loved working for Northumbria Police and was proud to be a PCSO.

“I would ask everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him, that they remember him with humour because I know that’s what he would want.”

Graham also leaves behind his dad Chris and sister Carol.

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The community has now paid tribute to the ‘lovely gentleman’ as they urge others to ‘take the virus seriously’.

Joyce Coates: “So sorry to hear of this sad death of such a lovely young man our prayers are with his family.”

Helen Bell: “People are not taking this virus seriously, so sad a guy in his 40's has lost his life. Condolences to his family.”

Eve Howell: “You will be a big miss Wez. I loved working with you.”

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Stef Theodorouli: “RIP Graham. A lovely gentleman i had the pleasure of meeting! Condolences to family, friends and colleagues.”

Nicola MacDonald Hawkins: “So sad to hear this sad news, just makes it hit home how this dreadful cov19 is causing devastation to many people's lives. RIP Graham. Condolences to his family and friends.”

Janet Dryden: “Extremely sad. Thinking of you all and sending Heart-felt condolences to his wife, son, family and friends.”

Cathy Thomas: “How tragic! Sympathy goes out to all his loved ones. Rest in peace.”

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Lorraine Woods: “Heartbreaking sending love to his family, friends and colleagues.”

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