A “highly respected” senior Lancashire police officer has died today at the age of just 50.

Lancashire Police announced on the evening of Sunday December 10 that Assistant Chief Constable Peter Lawson died that morning at his home.

The forces says that they believe his death, which has prompted tributes from policing colleagues, to be medical related and that the case has been referred to the coroner.

Chief Constable Chris Rowley, of Lancashire Constabulary, said: “This is incredibly sad and tragic news. My thoughts and prayers are with all of Pete’s family and friends at this difficult time.

“Pete’s death will come as a shock to the entire force and the wider police family across the country.

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“He was an outstanding officer who served the communities of Lancashire with pride. He was also highly respected and admired by all who knew him and worked with him.

“Our deepest condolences go out to his family and we will support them as much as we can.

“We want to respect their privacy and would ask that the public and media do so too.

“We will offer support to all our staff and those who worked with Pete, as we mourn his loss.”