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Review ordered after Pc suicide
The Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police has ordered a review of selection procedures for firearms officers after a Pc committed suicide.

Pc Ivor Altoft, a member of the armed response unit, died at Nottingham's Riverside station on 24 February.

An inquest on Wednesday heard he took his life in a toilet block whilst on duty and recorded a suicide verdict.

Pc Altoft, 44, who was found by a colleague had been worried about being in debt and had left a suicide note.

Planned suicide

The inquest heard the officer had not shown any signs of depression or psychiatric illness.

He had left notes for his wife Heather, family and colleagues which made it clear that he planned his suicide so that members of the public would not find him or get harmed.

The Pc, who lived in Ollerton, still had debts from a time when he was unemployed.

Supt Philip Oddie, said: "Everyone who worked with Ivor was struck by his commitment to the job.

"He spent five years as a police officer serving the people of this county in an exemplary fashion and his death is a great loss to both the Nottinghamshire public and the force."

Pc Altoft joined the police in 2000 and worked at the city division until his transfer to the operational support division in early January 2006.

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