Senior detective accused of fraud dies hours after being questioned by police

A senior police detective died hours after he was interviewed by colleagues for alleged fraud.

Detective Chief Inspector Rob Widdowson died near Syston on Monday, reports Leicestershire Live.

His death – which is not being treated as suspicious – is being investigated by British Transport Police.

On Monday a man was struck by a train and killed near Syston.

However, Leicestershire Police has not said whether its officer was the man killed in that case.

It said in a statement: "Leicestershire Police is extremely sad to announce the sudden death of one of its most senior detectives.

"Detective Chief Inspector Rob Widdowson died during the afternoon of Monday, June 3, near Syston.

"The circumstances surrounding his death are being investigated by the British Transport Police.

"Earlier in the day, he had been interviewed by officers in connection with a fraud allegation that had been made against him by a member of the public.

"The investigation into that allegation was being led by the force’s professional standards department.

"As a result of his death, we have referred ourselves to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

"The tragic news of Det Chief Insp Widdowson’s death was announced to his colleagues yesterday.

"His family have asked that their need for privacy at this terrible time is respected."

An experienced detective, Det Chief Insp Widdowson, was the senior investigator on a number of high-profile cases, including the rape of a young woman in Leicester's Victoria Park in July 2017.

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