Tributes paid to top cop

Neil Costello

Neil Costello

First published in News by , Chief reporter

TRIBUTES have been paid to an award-winning police sergeant who lost his battle with cancer.

Sergeant Neil Costello’s colleagues paid their respects following his death yesterday.

Former chief superintendent Graham Bartlett tweeted: “So sad that @sussex_police have lost of their finest most inspirational cops after long battle. RIP Neil Costello, we r poorer without you.”

Chief Insp Simon Nelson said: “Sad loss of one of our finest to cancer today - top soldier became top copper and now at peace (with a beer no doubt.)”

Superintendent Jane Derrick said: “Sometimes you come to work and hear the worst news.”

Inspector Christopher Veale said: “Sad news today - we have lost 1 of our best cops after a long battle. RIP Neil Costello - Great guy and terrific PSU Sgt.”

Sgt Costello was commended in 2006 for his “professional and courageous actions” as one of 11 officers who risked personal attack to rescue a ten-month-old baby girl from her mother who had barricaded herself into her first floor flat and was hurling furniture, panes of glass and saucepans at the officers as they tried to gain entry.

He also received an award from the force for his hard work in 2002.

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8:57am Tue 12 Aug 14

Page the Oracle says...

Rest in peace Elvis. One of life's good guys, taken too soon. Sweet dreams matey.
Rest in peace Elvis. One of life's good guys, taken too soon. Sweet dreams matey. Page the Oracle
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9:46am Tue 12 Aug 14

Nightingale27 says...

Very sad news. I used to go to school with Neil and had seen him a few times since...always a true gent and friend. My thoughts are with his partner, family, friends and colleagues. RIP Neil x
Very sad news. I used to go to school with Neil and had seen him a few times since...always a true gent and friend. My thoughts are with his partner, family, friends and colleagues. RIP Neil x Nightingale27
  • Score: 32

10:59am Tue 12 Aug 14

BaldEagle says...

A good man. RIP Neil, you showed me a lot of kindness when I was in the mire. Happy memories of working with you in Brighton.
A good man. RIP Neil, you showed me a lot of kindness when I was in the mire. Happy memories of working with you in Brighton. BaldEagle
  • Score: 25

11:20am Tue 12 Aug 14

Heath Herb says...

Sleep well my friend your work here is done, there's no doubt you'd have something to say about all the tributes for you on Facebook! But I make no apologies for that as you were a friend to many, a mentor to some and a right royal pain in the butt to us all!!! Going to miss you and your witty come backs around the nick. I remember I used to ask every so often if you were ok, same answer every time "you know me I'm bullet proof" my response would be "just checking", well matey I wanted to check one last time. RIP Sarge
Sleep well my friend your work here is done, there's no doubt you'd have something to say about all the tributes for you on Facebook! But I make no apologies for that as you were a friend to many, a mentor to some and a right royal pain in the butt to us all!!! Going to miss you and your witty come backs around the nick. I remember I used to ask every so often if you were ok, same answer every time "you know me I'm bullet proof" my response would be "just checking", well matey I wanted to check one last time. RIP Sarge Heath Herb
  • Score: 35

12:29pm Tue 12 Aug 14

maynardsg says...

Top bloke....end of
Top bloke....end of maynardsg
  • Score: 15

5:54pm Tue 12 Aug 14

NathanAdler says...

The days of E Section Brighton Sgt Steve, Neil, Vicky, Damian, Daren, Andrew, Mark and old man Ray - great team (late 90's)

Good guy. RIP.
The days of E Section Brighton Sgt Steve, Neil, Vicky, Damian, Daren, Andrew, Mark and old man Ray - great team (late 90's) Good guy. RIP. NathanAdler
  • Score: 9

4:29am Wed 13 Aug 14

Rita Snatch says...

A great guy, so helpful and efficient.- so sadly missed by so many.
A great guy, so helpful and efficient.- so sadly missed by so many. Rita Snatch
  • Score: 5

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