Clevedon policewoman dies on duty in London

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By Prue_Reid | Sunday, November 11, 2012, 09:24

A police officer from Clevedon who died after collapsing while chasing a suspect had to wait 23 minutes for treatment due to difficulties finding her, it is claimed.

Former Churchill Community School pupil Adele Cashman, aged 30, collapsed giving chase last Monday in Camden, north London where she worked for the Metropolitan Police.

The Detective Constable was trying to catch two youths who had snatched a smartphone out of the hand of a 59-year-old woman.

The ambulance service said the location given at first was Belsize Park but when the caller was contacted again the location was found to be Belsize Park Gardens.

The target for responding to an emergency of this nature is understood to be eight minutes. 

She died less than two hours later in hospital.

A London Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We were called at 9.39pm on November 5 to reports of a woman who had collapsed.

"The caller said the patient had collapsed in Belsize Park. 

"We dispatched an ambulance crew and single responder immediately who were on the scene in five minutes. 

"However, our crews were unable to locate the patient.

"Our control room rang the caller back who said they were actually in Belsize Park Gardens and we redirected our ambulance crews who were with the patient at 10.02pm.

"A further single responder in a car, an officer and a medical team including a doctor and a paramedic also attended."

The cause of Ms Cashman's death had not been determined.

Ms Chapman, whose parents still live in North Somerset, was described as a popular, outgoing, healthy young woman, who was known as Del Boy to her friends.

Two 17-year-old boys have been charged with theft.

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