Police inspector of 25 years committed suicide after struggling to cope with stress of job

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A police inspector hanged himself after struggling to cope with the pressures of his job, a court heard. Derek Holland, 50, became so overwhelmed with his workload he took time off with anxiety and stress before killing himself on September 21. An inquest heard the hard-working officer had served with West Mercia Police for 25 years after joining the force in 1990. He worked his way up to the rank of inspector and joined the safer neighbourhood team before taking time off sick between April and May last year. Mr Holland went back to work on reduced hours but claimed his return was not managed correctly and had been expected to carry out the same workload. He was found dead by his devastated father at his home in Telford, Shrops., just two hours before he had been due to meet with his line manager. An inquest held at Wellington Regi

stry Office heard the officer had tried to overcome his anxieties but became worried about losing his job. Coroner for Shropshire and Telford Wrekin, John Ellery concluded that M

r Holland had committed suicide. Denial: West Mercia Police

said in a statement an investigation found the force was not responsible for Mr Hollands death (Image: Daily Mirror) He said: It is clear Derek was suffering stress and anxiety in relation to work related issues. Speaking at the inquest, his widow, Nerys Holland, 45, described her hu查香港管家婆一句话 sband as a hard-working and dedicated officer. She said he

spent a short period in a police rehabilitation centre but was then off work until he returned in a different role in October last year. He took sick leave again in December bef

ore going back to work in March to take up administrative duties where he experienced low moods and anxiety. Mrs Holland said: He went back on sick leave in September but had a call from his line manager requesting a meeting on September 21. Her husband was discovered hanged just over an hour before the meeting was due to go ahead. Mrs Holland said she had been at work at the time but had spoken to him on the phone just two hours beforehand. She added: Derek was a loving and devoted husband, father and son and his family meant everything to him. His death leaves a big hole in our lives. In a statement, Rachel Neale, who works in forces HR department, said Mr Holland had attended counselling sessions and had been subject to a recuperative plan after returning to work in May last year. Detective Sergeant Mark OConnor, who inv

estigated his death, said Mr Holland had been due to meet with his line manager to discuss his work and sickness at 4pm. He told the inques

t there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. Harrowing: Mr Holland was found dead just hours before he was due to meet his manager at force HQ (Image: SWNS) Chief Superintendent Charles Hill, from West Mercia Police, paid tribute to the tragic officer and said the force were not the blame for the death. He said: Friends and colleagues of Inspector Derek Holland remain devastated at his sad loss. Our thoughts remain with Dereks family and we will continue to provide them with support at this difficult time. We always endeavour to support our officers and staff and continually review our processes to ensure that we are providing the best support available. Following Dereks death, we can confirm an independent internal review was undertaken which identified that he had been offered significant welfare support from his line managers and colleagues during his illness. No specific link was found to indicate that his death was attributable to West Mercia Police. Mrs Holland could not be contacted for comment at their detached home in Telford, Shrops. One

neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: Derek was such a lovely man who worked very hard. He was very ambitious and loved his job. I knew he had been off work ill but I didnt know it was stress. It is such a tragedy and Nerys hasnt been the same since. Your heart goes out to the family. The tragedy comes on the day neighbouring West Midlands Police revealed officers sick days have risen by over 11,500 in 12 months - with forces federation blaming increasing stress. Deputy chairman of the West Midlands Police Federation Tom Cuddeford said los

ing 2,000 staff since 2010 amid multimillion-pound savings targets had taken its toll. He added: Officers are working harder and workloads are increasing. Verdict: Suicide. For emotional support contact Samaritans on 08457 909090 or click here for more details.