Police officer died after being hit by train while facing disciplinary hearing

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PC Lianne Matthews had been convicted of drink driving and being drunk while in charge of a child

Emergency services were called to Energlyn and Churchill Park station at around 7.30pm following reports of a casualty on the tracks between Energlyn and Aber.

A police officer who specialised in child protection died on a railway track as she faced a disciplinary hearing following convictions for drink driving and being drunk in charge of a child.

PC Lianne Matthews was fatally injured on the evening of February 3 after being hit by a train in Caerphilly.

Officers confirmed that the incident was not being treated as suspicious.

A police spokeswoman told us: “South Wales Police can confirm the sudden death of a Cardiff-based police officer on Monday, February 3.

“The officer’s family are currently being supported by specially-trained officers and our thoughts remain very much with them, her friends and colleagues who are grieving at this time.”

“The officer’s death is being investigated by British Transport Police.

“She had been due to appear before a misconduct hearing in March to answer an allegation of discreditable conduct, following a conviction at Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates’ Court on September 9.

"As a result South Wales Police has referred the matter to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.”

Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates Court confirmed that Ms Matthews, who worked for South Wales Police as a school liaison officer, had pleaded guilty on September 9, 2019 to two charges.

A spokeswoman for the court said: “The offences were driving with excess alcohol and drunk in charge of a child under the age of seven years.”

For driving with excess alcohol Ms Matthews was fined £1,000, and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £100 and prosecution costs of £85.

She was also disqualified from driving for 20 months. The period of disqualification could have been reduced by 20 weeks if by October 19, 2020, the defendant had completed satisfactorily a course approved by the Secretary of State for Transport.

No separate penalty was imposed on Ms Matthews for the offence of being drunk in charge of a child.

Caerphilly councillor Jamie Pritchard said: “I went to the station on the evening of the incident to speak to local residents, the police and the ambulance service.

“Local residents are in shock and thoughts are going out from the community”.

A police source told us: “People in the force are devastated by what has happened. They want an investigation to take place to ensure everything possible was done to ensure that a proper duty of care was shown to Lianne Matthews.

“She had been at work on the day she died.

“As she worked in child protection, the conviction for being drunk in charge of a child would have hit her particularly hard.”

It is understood that Ms Matthews’ partner was a serving police officer.

Ms Matthews’ family was offered the opportunity to comment, but they did not wish to do so.

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Guest - V Askey on Monday, 17 February 2020 13:22

why is this not being reported on the News media along with the reports about Caroline Flack there's a lot of similarities between the 2 suicides

why is this not being reported on the News media along with the reports about Caroline Flack there's a lot of similarities between the 2 suicides
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