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'There was never a dull moment when he was around' - tributes paid to 'cheeky' police officer; Huw "Clunk" Chambers died aged 50.

Byline: Jason Evans

Tributes have been paid to a popular police sergeant and dad-of-three who has died of cancer.

Sergeant Huw Chambers, known to colleagues in South Wales Police as "Clunk", served in the force's northern division -Merthyrand the Rhondda and Cynon valleys - as well as inSwanseaandNeath.

He was diagnosed with terminal cancer last summer, and in the months that followed colleagues raised thousands of pounds for cancer charities with everything from station whip-rounds to a cricket match, a Merthyr to Tenby bike ride, and running theCardiff half-marathon.

Sgt Chambers died on Tuesday, aged 50.

South Wales Policechief superintendent Belinda Davies led the tributes.

She said: "Huw was a gregarious character, a cheeky chap with an abundance of friends from all walks of life. You always knew when Huw was in work - you just followed the laughter, where you would find him holding court reminiscing, or the author of a well-played out practical joke.

"There was never a dull moment when he was about and having spoken with friends and colleagues over the last day or so you realise how much of an impact he made on everyone he came into contact with - everyone has their own special memories and stories.

"There has already been an outpouring of love and respect for Huw on social media and this epitomises the positive impact he had on everyone he met.

"Cancer is a cruel and indiscriminate disease and has taken Huw far too soon. He fought a valiant battle and was nothing more than inspirational in the way he dealt with it. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this sad time."

She added: "Stand down, your tour of duty is over - thank you for the service you gave to our communities. Rest in peace Huw. You will be fondly remembered, always."

Colleagues from the force also paid tribute to "Clunk" on Twitter

Tribute to sergeant Huw Chambers

Tribute2 to Huw 'Clunk' Chambers

Hundreds of messages of condolences have been left on the force's Facebook pages by members of the public since the officer's death was announced.

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Sergeant Huw 'Clunk' Chambers was described as 'a gregarious character, a cheeky chap with an abundance of friends from all walks of life'

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