Theft charges for death-chase teens

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Tributes have been paid to Detective Constable Adele Cashman who died during a pursuit of suspects Tributes have been paid to Detective Constable Adele Cashman who died during a pursuit of suspects

Two teenagers chased by a female detective who collapsed and died during the pursuit have been charged with theft.

The 17-year-old boys will appear at Highbury Corner Youth Court next Wednesday accused of snatching a mobile phone from a 59-year-old woman in Haverstock Hill, north London.

They allegedly grabbed the handset on Monday and ran off, and officers nearby joined the victim in chasing them.

Detective Constable Adele Cashman went to help but she collapsed in Belsize Park Gardens. The 30-year-old was taken to the Royal Free Hospital but died later.

Britain's most senior police officer, Met Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe, has paid tribute to her bravery.

He said: "It's a terrible tragedy for Adele's family, it's a terrible tragedy for her colleagues. Adele was an eager officer, she was in a crime squad, she was out there chasing criminals, which is I'm sure the reason she joined.

"She was out there being brave, getting stuck in, and then this great tragedy has happened. It is a terrible loss to everybody who knew her."

Det Con Cashman, who had just returned from holiday, was a response team officer based at Kentish Town police station.

She joined the force in 2006 and was stationed at Wandsworth Borough, where she worked as a police constable, and transferred to Camden in 2010 as a detective.

Acting borough commander for Camden Richard Tucker said: "Adele was a much-loved and wholly dedicated officer. We at Camden are completely devastated at her sudden passing and our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this tragically sad time."

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