Thousands of pounds of donations have been made in memory of the late Detective Inspector Terry Hopkins of South Wales Police who – although based in Barry – worked on a number of complicated investigations in Penarth.
Its now emerged that Det.Insp Hopkins – a married man with three children – had suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He passed away on Christmas Eve.
Det Insp Hopkins joined the 9/12th Royal Lancers at the age of 16 and after military service joined South Wales Police where he progressed rapidly and became a negotiator.
His son, Oliver Hopkins, has set up a fundraising page in memory of his father – the proceeds of which are to go to the charity PTSD Resolution which had received £3,500 in pledges by Sunday .
Mr Hopkins says of his father “My Dad loved his job, but behind the smiles he was carrying a burden of the sights he had seen and the events he witnessed, and became very unwell, suffering with PTSD, and we lost him on Christmas Eve”.
Chief Superintendent Stuart Parfitt, divisional commander for Bridgend and Vale of Glamorgan, said: “Terry was a fantastic detective – hard working and enthusiastic and a great ambassador for the communities of South Wales that he served.Terry was a hugely respected member of my team and everyone is totally shocked and devastated to hear of his death. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this very sad time.”