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A female officer who died while on duty in Belsize Park last night collapsed during a police chase, it has emerged.

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DC Adele Cashman, of Camden’s crime squad, was called in as backup when two suspects snatched a 59-year-old woman’s smartphone in Haverstock Hill.

The 30-year-old officer was pursuing one of the men in Belsize Park Gardens when she collapsed to the ground.

An eyewitness told the Ham&High: “I saw someone on the ground, I think they had collapsed.

“There were about 10 people around her and I didn’t want to go closer.”

Paramedics and a doctor were called to the scene to treat DC Cashman before she was taken to the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead. She died at 11.10pm

A post-mortem examination is expected to be carried out today and police continue to investigate the circumstances of her death.

Acting Borough Commander for Camden, Richard Tucker, said: “Adele was a much-loved and wholly dedicated officer.

“We at Camden, are completely devastated at her sudden passing and our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this tragically sad time.”

Two 17-year-olds have been arrested and a phone recovered. They are currently in custody.

Police have cordoned off Belsize Park Gardens and a police tent has been put up.

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