Hampshire police officer Rich Schofield dies after cycling accident

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A POLICE officer has this afternoon tragically died after suffering severe injuries in a cycling race in Hampshire.

PC Rich Schofield, 33, lost his fight for life after spending two days critically ill in hospital.

The popular officer, who worked at Bitterne police station, was also a top cyclist and known for his passion for sport.

He suffered the injuries to his head and chest as he competed in a race at the velodrome at Portsmouth's Mountbatten Centre on Sunday.

He was rushed to the Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth but was sadly pronounced dead this afternoon.

Hampshire police described how Rich's main passion was for cycling and he represented the force throughout his career, competing in competitions and winning both national and international awards.

His most recent accolade was winning two gold medals and a silver at the World Police and Fire Games last year.

As flags were lowered to fly at half mast at both Winchester police headquarters and Netley's training HQ, tributes were today led to the “exceptional officer” by Hampshire's police chiefs.

Superintendent James Fulton, area commander for Southampton, said: “Richard was an exceptional officer. He worked in the city for all of his ten years service, and was universally popular - a first class officer, thief taker, colleague and friend.

“The whole force shares the pain of his family and friends, and at this time we remember Rich as a man who inspired so many and delivered so much.”

Chief Constable Andy Marsh competed at the World Police & Fire Games with Rich in Belfast last year.

He said: “I was proud to serve with Richard, and had the privilege of being one of the first of his colleagues to congratulate him on his gold medal when we competed together in Belfast last year.

“His service in the police was no less impressive, a first class officer, team player and friend to so many.

“He was a credit to Hampshire Constabulary and policing in many ways.

“Richard's loss will have a huge impact on friends and colleagues across the service, not only in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight but across the UK.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this tragic time.”

Rich, who grew up and went to school in Solihull, previously served in Portswood.

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4:59pm Tue 11 Mar 14

solentsunseeker says...

RIP Rich, you'll be missed by all at HC and further afield.
RIP Rich, you'll be missed by all at HC and further afield. solentsunseeker
  • Score: 15

5:18pm Tue 11 Mar 14

thesouth says...

Keith Peat wrote:
Another tragic loss of a cyclist. This top cyclist, and a copper too, couldn't stop it happening.

Can any Hants officer seriously recommend road cycling to school kids now?

We will add him to our list of cycling RIPs.
It wasn't road cycling and he loved it both indoors and out. If he could
Come back tomorrow he would do it all over again. He was a high spirited, positive and all round nice guy. He wouldn't speak badly of cycling even now. A credit to society and tragic loss to to a world who needed more people like him.
All our love, prayers and thoughts for ever more
[quote][p][bold]Keith Peat[/bold] wrote: Another tragic loss of a cyclist. This top cyclist, and a copper too, couldn't stop it happening. Can any Hants officer seriously recommend road cycling to school kids now? We will add him to our list of cycling RIPs.[/p][/quote]It wasn't road cycling and he loved it both indoors and out. If he could Come back tomorrow he would do it all over again. He was a high spirited, positive and all round nice guy. He wouldn't speak badly of cycling even now. A credit to society and tragic loss to to a world who needed more people like him. All our love, prayers and thoughts for ever more thesouth
  • Score: 37

5:21pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Forest Resident says...

Ride free forever my friend
Ride free forever my friend Forest Resident
  • Score: 10

5:25pm Tue 11 Mar 14

westhantsboy says...

Keith Peat wrote:
Another tragic loss of a cyclist. This top cyclist, and a copper too, couldn't stop it happening.

Can any Hants officer seriously recommend road cycling to school kids now?

We will add him to our list of cycling RIPs.
I know you mean well but this was indoor track cycling, not on the roads.
[quote][p][bold]Keith Peat[/bold] wrote: Another tragic loss of a cyclist. This top cyclist, and a copper too, couldn't stop it happening. Can any Hants officer seriously recommend road cycling to school kids now? We will add him to our list of cycling RIPs.[/p][/quote]I know you mean well but this was indoor track cycling, not on the roads. westhantsboy
  • Score: 1

5:30pm Tue 11 Mar 14

WalkingOnAWire says...

Keith Peat wrote:
Another tragic loss of a cyclist. This top cyclist, and a copper too, couldn't stop it happening.

Can any Hants officer seriously recommend road cycling to school kids now?

We will add him to our list of cycling RIPs.
You disgust me. This is not the place to come and post your anti-cycling propaganda.
[quote][p][bold]Keith Peat[/bold] wrote: Another tragic loss of a cyclist. This top cyclist, and a copper too, couldn't stop it happening. Can any Hants officer seriously recommend road cycling to school kids now? We will add him to our list of cycling RIPs.[/p][/quote]You disgust me. This is not the place to come and post your anti-cycling propaganda. WalkingOnAWire
  • Score: 38

6:07pm Tue 11 Mar 14

southampton man 12345 says...

wot a shame
wot a shame southampton man 12345
  • Score: 7

6:36pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Tenderhearts wife says...

Thoughts are with his family at this sad time.
Thoughts are with his family at this sad time. Tenderhearts wife
  • Score: 12

10:10pm Tue 11 Mar 14

downfader says...

westhantsboy wrote:
Keith Peat wrote:
Another tragic loss of a cyclist. This top cyclist, and a copper too, couldn't stop it happening.

Can any Hants officer seriously recommend road cycling to school kids now?

We will add him to our list of cycling RIPs.
I know you mean well but this was indoor track cycling, not on the roads.
He doesnt mean well. He's a nasty little troll that perverts twitter and youtube... as well as a particularly pernicious letter about a child that died in a road traffic collision in the North of England.
[quote][p][bold]westhantsboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Keith Peat[/bold] wrote: Another tragic loss of a cyclist. This top cyclist, and a copper too, couldn't stop it happening. Can any Hants officer seriously recommend road cycling to school kids now? We will add him to our list of cycling RIPs.[/p][/quote]I know you mean well but this was indoor track cycling, not on the roads.[/p][/quote]He doesnt mean well. He's a nasty little troll that perverts twitter and youtube... as well as a particularly pernicious letter about a child that died in a road traffic collision in the North of England. downfader
  • Score: 11

10:12pm Tue 11 Mar 14

downfader says...

RIP. Condolences to both his friends and his family.
RIP. Condolences to both his friends and his family. downfader
  • Score: 5

10:29pm Tue 11 Mar 14

MickeyGAC says...

I am writing from the States and cannot understand the mindset of an idiot spewing out his venom at a time like this. I was introduced to his dad, Fred, and seems to me we should remain in the appropriate lane when discussing this tragedy. My sympathies to Fred and friends. A deep loss for all concerned. Michel Cadarette. Portland, Maine, USA (Friend of Cynthia Rose Wright friend of Fred). Thank you for listening.
I am writing from the States and cannot understand the mindset of an idiot spewing out his venom at a time like this. I was introduced to his dad, Fred, and seems to me we should remain in the appropriate lane when discussing this tragedy. My sympathies to Fred and friends. A deep loss for all concerned. Michel Cadarette. Portland, Maine, USA (Friend of Cynthia Rose Wright friend of Fred). Thank you for listening. MickeyGAC
  • Score: 5

3:13am Wed 12 Mar 14

Old Boscombe Lad says...

Unfortunate accident especially to one who puts his life on the line to "Serve and Protect"
Unfortunate accident especially to one who puts his life on the line to "Serve and Protect" Old Boscombe Lad
  • Score: 7

11:44am Thu 13 Mar 14

GrahamSimmons says...

Trust the Daily Echo to **** it up. Mountbatten is a closed oval circuit, not a velodrome. I've held for a long time that it's one of the most unsafe courses out there - one guy ended up in hospital for like an entire winter after a crash there. Looks like the same railings got Rich unfortunately.

The place has needed serious redevelopment for a long time - I guess this just shows it cannot be considered a safe circuit.

An absolute tragedy.
Trust the Daily Echo to **** it up. Mountbatten is a closed oval circuit, not a velodrome. I've held for a long time that it's one of the most unsafe courses out there - one guy ended up in hospital for like an entire winter after a crash there. Looks like the same railings got Rich unfortunately. The place has needed serious redevelopment for a long time - I guess this just shows it cannot be considered a safe circuit. An absolute tragedy. GrahamSimmons
  • Score: 2

4:09pm Thu 20 Mar 14

charrlee says...

downfader wrote:
westhantsboy wrote:
Keith Peat wrote:
Another tragic loss of a cyclist. This top cyclist, and a copper too, couldn't stop it happening.

Can any Hants officer seriously recommend road cycling to school kids now?

We will add him to our list of cycling RIPs.
I know you mean well but this was indoor track cycling, not on the roads.
He doesnt mean well. He's a nasty little troll that perverts twitter and youtube... as well as a particularly pernicious letter about a child that died in a road traffic collision in the North of England.
Downfader. With no disrespect to the unfortunate victim in this article, I need to send a clear message to you and the so-called "forestcyclist"

1. I am not a troll. You simply dislike my criticisms and have no acceptable answers,
2. Twitter is not a secret society, and anyone can access your comments. Simply Google Downfader and there you are. How dare you suggest I stalk your Twit page or whatever you call it. Interesting that a chance visit to that page found you making insulting remarks and accusations about me.

You are making unreasonable and foundationless accusations about me on a regular basis to other twitter people. THAT, Downfader, is trolling.

You are a confounded hypocrite.
[quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]westhantsboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Keith Peat[/bold] wrote: Another tragic loss of a cyclist. This top cyclist, and a copper too, couldn't stop it happening. Can any Hants officer seriously recommend road cycling to school kids now? We will add him to our list of cycling RIPs.[/p][/quote]I know you mean well but this was indoor track cycling, not on the roads.[/p][/quote]He doesnt mean well. He's a nasty little troll that perverts twitter and youtube... as well as a particularly pernicious letter about a child that died in a road traffic collision in the North of England.[/p][/quote]Downfader. With no disrespect to the unfortunate victim in this article, I need to send a clear message to you and the so-called "forestcyclist" 1. I am not a troll. You simply dislike my criticisms and have no acceptable answers, 2. Twitter is not a secret society, and anyone can access your comments. Simply Google Downfader and there you are. How dare you suggest I stalk your Twit page or whatever you call it. Interesting that a chance visit to that page found you making insulting remarks and accusations about me. You are making unreasonable and foundationless accusations about me on a regular basis to other twitter people. THAT, Downfader, is trolling. You are a confounded hypocrite. charrlee
  • Score: 0

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