TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Cirencester PCSO who died after losing her three-year battle against an incurable disease.
Andrea Shutt was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2017. She sadly passed away this week.
Andrea, who colleagues describe as a dedicated police officer had been in the force for over a decade before her diagnosis.
She ran school gate campaigns addressing safety issues around speeding and parking, her community was one of the first to adopt community speedwatch and she tutored and mentored a number of her colleagues.
Andrea is said to have provided an exemplary service to the communities she has served.
In 2018, Andrea completed an aerobatic wing walk to raise awareness of MND, along with her boss Inspector Karen Ellis, whilst also raising over £15,000 for the charity.
Later that year Andrea was awarded Police Community Support Officer of the Year part of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Impact Awards.
Andrea also received a commendation from Chief Constable Rod Hansen.
A spokesman for Cotswolds Police took to Twitter to lead the tributes, saying: “So sad that our colleague and friend PCSO Andrea Shutt passed away this week.
“Andrea was loved and respected by so many in the Cotswolds.
“Andrea was everything and so much more a good officer should be and we will miss her terribly.
“Our thoughts with her family and friends.”
Chief Constable of Gloucestershire Constabulary Rod Hansen said: “Incredibly sad news to hear yesterday that our dear friend and colleague PCSO Andrea Shutt passed away.
“She provided an exemplary service to the communities she served and also fundraised and raised awareness of MND. Our thoughts are with Andrea’s family, friends and colleagues.”
Cotswold District Council leader Cllr Joe Harris said: “So very sad to hear about Andrea Shutt passing away.
“She was known to many in the area for different reasons including as a local PCSO, fundraiser for Motor Neurone Disease and most importantly as a mum.
“My thoughts are with Matt, Clayton, George, Eavie and Tillie at this extraordinarily difficult time but they can be proud know that their mum had a positive impact on a great many people’s lives and made our corner of the word a better place to live.”
Cotswold District Council Cllr Jenny Forde said: “So sad to hear of PCSO Andrea Shutt’s death this morning.
“One of those rare people that could light up a room, make everyone feel important and heard and a damn fine example of all that is the very best in community policing. Gutted she’s gone.”
Leader of the Lib Dems Group on Gloucestershire County Council, Paul Hodgkinson (Bourton & Northleach), added: “Incredibly sad news today that former PCSO Andrea Shutt passed away earlier.
“She worked so hard for us in the villages north of Cirencester over many years and was a superb community support. She is a huge loss.”