North Yorkshire Police pays tribute to Scarborough Sergeant Michael Tinsley who has died suddenly

North Yorkshire Police has paid tribute to a 'popular and well-respected' police officer from Scarborough who has died suddenly.

Tuesday, 13th July 2021, 3:56 pm
Updated Tuesday, 13th July 2021, 3:59 pm
Sergeant Tinsley on duty. Picture: North Yorkshire Police

In a statement released on Tuesday July 13, the force said: "It is with great sadness that North Yorkshire Police confirm the officer who died on Monday July 12 was Sergeant 0020 Michael Tinsley.

Chief Constable Lisa Winward said: “It is with a heavy heart and much sadness that I have to announce the news about the sudden and tragic death of Sergeant Michael Tinsley from the Neighbourhood Policing Team in Scarborough

“Michael was a very popular and well-respected member of the North Yorkshire Police family and of the wider community in Scarborough and his loss will be felt profoundly by everyone who knew him."

Sergeant Tinsley receiving his Gold Courage Award from Mike Stubbs of The Police Federation. Picture: North Yorkshire Police

Sergeant Tinsley joined the force in 2013 as a police constable in the Scarborough and Ryedale command, rising to the rank of Sergeant in 2018 with the local neighbourhood policing team.

Chief Constable Winward said: "Since then he has led a team who have been dedicated to keeping the local community safe throughout some of the most testing times policing has ever experienced and I am incredibly proud of and grateful for his contribution.

“In 2016 his outstanding professionalism was recognised at our annual awards ceremony when he received a Gold Courage Award for single-handedly dealing with a double knife threat, a situation which he alone brought to a safe conclusion. He also went on to win that year’s Public Choice Award, voted for by the public of North Yorkshire, who he dutifully served.

“His death has come as a great shock to all of us and our heartfelt sympathies go out to Michael’s loved ones, his friends and all of his colleagues at this incredibly difficult time.

Sergeant Tinsley receiving the 2016 Public Choice Award from former Police, Crime and Fire Commissioner Julia Mulligan. Picture: North Yorkshire Police

“We’ve lowered our flag at Headquarters as a sign of respect to Michael and his contribution to the force, the community of Scarborough and North Yorkshire as a whole and also as a reflection of our loss of a friend and well respected police officer.”

Police do not believe there are any suspicious circumstances around Sergeant Tinsley’s death and his family have asked for their privacy to be respected at this very sad time.