A police officer who starred in television series Road Wars has been killed in a crash while on duty.
Pc James Dixon, from Thames Valley Police, died after a collision involving his force motorcycle and a car in Berkshire.
A 91-year-old passenger in the car also died in the crash at about 1.50pm on Tuesday, police confirmed.
Tributes have been paid to Pc Dixon, who was known by his nickname Dixie on the Sky 1 programme that followed the work of Thames Valley Police officers.
Dozens of people posted on the force’s Facebook page to describe Pc Dixon as one of the best, with many saying they had watched him on Road Wars.
Tributes were also paid on the social media accounts of police forces across the country.
Thames Valley Police Federation is sad to announce the death on duty of PC 4814 James Dixon following an RTC this afternoon. Our thoughts and Prayers are with his wife, family, friends and colleagues at this desperately sad time. pic.twitter.com/L2fPrbue5d
Our thoughts tonight are with our Thames Valley colleagues who have lost a friend. PC James Dixon tragically killed alongside a member of the public when his motorcycle was involved in a collision. Together we stand. #ThinBlueLine. PS 578
Stephen Kavanagh, chief constable of Essex Police, said the force’s love, solidarity and support are with Pc Dixon’s family.
Such sad news. On behalf of all @EssexPoliceUK our love, solidarity and support are with Pc Dixon’s family, friends and colleagues. https//t.co/9O5M7l8uhY
Pc Dixon was based at Loddon Valley police station. His next of kin have been informed.
The driver of the car, a woman, was also injured in the crash on Bath Road, in Wargrave, and was taken to hospital for treatment.
Her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening, police said.
A police spokesman said As is standard procedure, due to the fact that the incident resulted in the deaths of a member of the public and an on-duty police officer Thames Valley Police has made a mandatory referral to the IPCC (Independent Police Complaints Commission) who have begun an investigation.
IPCC associate commissioner Guido Liguori said We have been notified by Thames Valley Police of a collision on the A4 near Reading, in which, tragically, a 91-year-old woman and a police officer have died.
My thoughts and sympathies are with their families and friends and the colleagues of the officer at this very difficult time.
IPCC investigators are attending the scene as part of an independent investigation to determine the circumstances which led to the collision.
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