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Two teenage boys chased by a policewoman who collapsed during the pursuit and later died have admitted snatching an iPhone.

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The 17-year-olds, who cannot be named because of their age, were each given a six-month referral order for stealing the £550 phone from a 59-year-old woman in Haverstock Hill as she sat on a bench and checked her emails.

Highbury Corner Magistrates heard the sixth formers were pursued by Det Con Adele Cashman and a colleague. Det Con Cashman, 30, collapsed in Belsize Park Gardens and died later at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead on November 5.

The teenagers, who appeared in court yesterday, pleaded guilty to theft and must pay £42.50 each in court costs.

Det Con Cashman had returned from holiday shortly before her death, and was a response team officer based at Kentish Town police station.

She joined the force in 2006 and was stationed at Wandsworth Borough, where she worked as a police constable, and transferred to Camden in 2010 as a detective.

Tributes were paid to her by colleagues, including Met Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe, who said: “It’s a terrible tragedy for Adele’s family, it’s a terrible tragedy for her colleagues.

“Adele was an eager officer, she was in a crime squad, she was out there chasing criminals, which is I’m sure the reason she joined.

“She was out there being brave, getting stuck in, and then this great tragedy has happened. It is a terrible loss to everybody who knew her.”

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