Crime commissioner remains stable after heart attack
5:00am Tuesday 3rd June 2014 in By Mike Benke, @Michael_Benke
WILTSHIRE’S Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson remains in intensive care at Royal United Hospital in Bath following a major heart attack.
The Adver understands Mr Macpherson is in an induced coma and his condition as serious but stable.
Mr Macpherson was rushed to hospital on Friday morning after being taken ill while on duty in Trowbridge.
His family have thanked all those who have contacted them over the weekend wishing the commissioner a speedy recovery.
The PCC’s diary will continue largely unchanged, although a meet-and-greet event set to take place in Trowbridge on Wednes-day has been postponed.
Mr Macpherson became Wilt-shire’s first commissioner when he was elected in November 2012. In his role, he is responsible for the strategic aspect of policing in the community.
The commissioner also has a fund from which he can give money to organisations and charities who work towards the prevention of crime. One of the recipients of this Innovation Fund has been Swindon Women’s Aid, who received money to help with teaching youngsters about domestic violence.
Mr Macpherson’s family has a long history within Swindon and commissioner, who was previously a borough councillor in Swindon, has worked with local charities, such as the homeless organisation the Filling Station.
Mr Macpherson was educated at St Hugh’s School in West Lavington where he is now a governor. After leaving school he worked as a management trainee in London and gained a degree in Business Studies.
While he is in hospital there has been a steady flow of messages of support from around Swindon.
Yesterday, Chief Constable Pat Geenty tweeted: “Angus Macpherson @PCCWiltsSwindon remains in hospital. His condition is serious but stable, our thoughts are with his family and friends.”
South Swindon MP Robert Buckland said Mr Macpherson was someone who had done a great deal for the town.
He said: “I regard Angus as a true Swindonian. “His family have been in the town for over 100 years and he has served as a councillor as well as a magistrate.
“He also does a fantastic amount of work for local charities and is passionate about local causes. Angus is a very hands-on commissioner.
“I, like everyone else, hope he pulls through and will be back serving the town very shortly.”
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