TRIBUTES have been paid to a South Yorkshire police officer found hanged in hospital.
Andrea Jayne Shelton, aged 45, who worked in South Yorkshire Police’s mounted section, had slashed her wrist and groin two days before she was found hanged.
The mum-of-one was found seriously injured at her home in Pontefract, West Yorkshire, during the early hours of January 17 and was taken to Pontefract General Hospital before being transferred to Pinderfields in Wakefield.
Two days later Mrs Shelton was found hanging in the toilet area of her ward.
Medics battled to revive her but she was pronounced dead a short time later.
An inquest into her death has now been opened and adjourned while a report into the tragedy is prepared for the Wakefield Coroner.
Mrs Shelton worked in South Yorkshire for more than 27 years.
She was a mounted police officer and her last role was as a member of the force’s operational planning team.
South Yorkshire’s Deputy Chief Constable, Bob Dyson, said: “It’s very sad to lose a colleague in these circumstances.
“Jayne was highly respected within South Yorkshire Police and everyone’s thoughts are with her family and friends at this very difficult time.”
Insp Bob Pitt chairman of the Police Federation in South Yorkshire, also paid tribute.
“It is very difficult to find the words to truly express our grief and the feelings of loss in these circumstances.
“Jayne was a popular officer who had done her service in Doncaster, the mounted section and operational support.
“She was a happy, vibrant individual and it is such a sad loss.
“Her death came as a complete shock to everybody and she will be very sadly missed.”
An investigation is being carried out by Mid Yorkshire Hospital’s NHS Trust.