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Tributes have been paid to a much loved former police officer.

David Smith was a former Police Officer and Crime Prevention Officer for East Sussex.

Willingdon Residents Association has posted this tribute: “Not only was David a dear personal friend and neighbour, he was also a great support and friend to Willingdon Residents Association and the many residents in our Parish.

When in his role as Crime Prevention Officer, he would come along to our AGMs and our General Meetings and give a regular update on Crime in our area.

Not only that, David would come armed with all the latest crime prevention gadgets to help residents stay safe both in their homes and when out, from personal alarms to key safes to put on homes.

Many of his gadgets were either free or at a very reasonable cost.

David will be very sorely missed and we and our Association send our deepest sympathy and condolences to his wife Christine and his children Victoria, Rebecca, Elaine and their families. May he rest in peace.”