Tears shed over death of Hackney policeman

Yougn officer was due to start in Hackney.

A FUNERAL has been held for a police officer who was due to start in Hackney but passed away from a brain tumour.

PC Cagdas Ozcan, 25, joined the Metropolitan Police Service on March 15 this year and was a student officer based in Bethnal Green.

PC Ozgan had reached the latter stages of the Student Constable Foundation Course and was due to start as an officer on Hackney borough when he became ill in July.

The young officer was an inpatient at The Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, The National Neurology Hospital and University College London Hospital, both in Westminster, where he had chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Unfortunately his condition worsened and in August PC Ozcan was diagnosed with a tumour on his spine and brain and passed away on Tuesday November 30.

His funeral was held at the Turkish Cultural Centre in Ridley Road, Dalston, on Tuesday December 2 and his body was then flow to Turkey for burial.

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Special Constable Emine Burton, said: “The funeral was distressing but it was an honour to be there marking my respects to a dear friend and a colleague. He was fun loving, witty, patient, attentive and will be greatly missed by me and his colleagues.

“My sincere condolences go out to his family once again. Cagdas was an asset to the borough he was due to serve and a credit to the MPS as a whole. He will be greatly missed and his spirit will remain in my heart forever.”