A POLICEMAN has died in hospital after falling from the loft in his home.

PC Keith Pattison, 56, appeared to be making a good recovery from the fall in December, which left him with head injuries.

He wore a brace in the weeks following the accident in York and appeared to be recovering, but died in hospital earlier this month after his condition deteriorated.

PC Pattison was married with two grown-up children and was also a grandfather. He was described by colleagues as a “true gentleman.”

Sergeant Mike Stubbs, a close friend and the deputy secretary of the North Yorkshire Police Federation, said: “Keith was a true gentleman, with a warm and caring nature and a gentle sense of humour, which endeared to him to his many colleagues.

“He will be sadly missed.”

PC Pattison, joined the force in 1990 and worked in Selby, Tadcaster and Scarborough before transferring to York.

A force spokesman said: “Keith’s untimely passing on Friday, January 11, has denied our communities of a dedicated officer and us, in the organisation, a valued colleague and friend.”

A celebration of his life will take place on February 6 at York Crematorium from 12.20pm.