West Mercia Police is sad to announce the sudden and unexpected death of PC Duncan Jones.
Duncan, 41, was a serving police officer in Worcester Police Station, where he worked as a response officer.
He was a passionate sportsman and spent much time helping others to develop through sport, supporting young people and those who were disadvantaged to help build their confidence and develop skills through Judo. He also achieved personal success in the sport, participating at the highest levels and winning many competitions.
Duncan lived in Worcester with his wife and three children.
His wife, Sarah, said:
“He will be greatly missed by his family and those who came into contact with him through work or sport.”
He died Wednesday 16 July, after he was taken seriously ill whilst instructing at Worcester Judo Club.
As with all sudden and unexplained deaths the police are investigating the circumstances, however at this time they are not thought to be suspicious.
Duncan Jones started judo in 1978 aged just 5. He took his first grading aged 7 a year before the minimum age of 8 years as he showed potential at such an early age. Duncan became a very successful junior player winning many major and national tittles. He represented his club, City (Worcester), County (Worcestershire), Area (Midlands) and National GB Squad at junior level Under 18 and Under 21
Duncan has fought in many countries around the world but mostly in Europe and has also appeared on national TV on a popular programme called “You Bet!” was challenged to throw 60 players in 60 seconds (1 throw a second), hegained his 1st degree black belt at the age of 17 in 1990
Duncan competed in major tournaments winning gold and silver in European championships during his judo career and retired from competitive Judo in 1998 not achieving the ultimate goal of representing his country at the Olympic Games in Atlanta after he gained his 2nd and 3rd degree black belts in 1998 aged 25 in impressive style,. After many years studying the art of Judo
Duncan turned his attention to teaching and coaching Judo gaining the coach award in 2000 then gained the senior coach award and technical advisor at Worcester Judo club in 2002
Duncan has taught junior and senior players at Worcester Judo club and Children in Schools in the Worcester Area. He has also taught children from disadvantaged backgrounds, less able bodied and visually impaired and his efforts have all been achieved on a voluntary basis and he has seen success in the players he has coached.
Duncan has become as well known for his coaching ability as he did as a competitor prompting The British Judo Association Midland Area requesting Duncan to demonstrate World and Olympic level techniques to the senior grading examiners
In 2010 PC Duncan Jones competed in the National Police Judo Championships 2010 held in Aberdeen, and fought his way to yet another victory. The third Dan black belt won gold and the national title in the Under 100 kilos category. He won all of his fights in tremendous style, using superb technique to conquer his opponents – winning with a full score, without conceding a single point! This was Duncan’s third national title as he had won in England, Wales and Scotland.
Superintendent Mark Travis said:
“I would firstly like to offer my thoughts for Duncan’s family, friends and colleagues. This news has devastated Duncan’s colleagues, Duncan was an exceptional officer who was patient and tolerant, he had a compassionate approach to policing.
His professionalism in sport was reflected at work. He delivered a great service for the public of South Worcester, loving his job. Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by this.
This is a tragic loss, we will honour Duncan’s memory be continuing to police with his enthusiasm.”