A fundraiser set up to help the family of the police sergeant who died after being hit by a train as he tried to save a man on the tracks – has surpassed its goal of raising £100,000.

The page for Sergeant Graham Saville, 46, who died this week, describes his actions as the “epitome of policing bravery” and has reached more than £106,000.

Sergeant Saville, who was a response officer based at Newark police station, susatained serious injuries during the incident in Balderton, near Newark-on-Trent on August 24 and he died in hospital on Tuesday with his family at his bedside.

The sergeant was the uncle of Nottingham Forest Football Club captain, Joe Worrall. A minute’s applause as a sign of respect, took place in his memory, before the team’s match against Burnley on Wednesday night.

Police are not carrying out a criminal investigation into Sergeant Saville’s death but British Transport Police is leading the inquiry into the incident.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley said the officer began his policing career in London, serving as a special constable before transferring to the regular service – working across neighbourhood teams and response.

Since his death on Tuesday, tributes have flooded in from senior officers at Nottinghamshire Police, as well as senior politicians.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, to say it is a “testament to his bravery that he died in the line of duty”, adding that it is a “terrible reminder of the work the police do every day to keep us safe”.

Nottinghamshire Police Chief Constable Kate Meynell described him as a “hugely respected and popular colleague”, and said his death had “come as an enormous shock to us all”.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley said: “[He was] demonstrating the very best of policing when he was injured. Courageously and selflessly, he was prepared to risk his life to save another.”

He added: “In what is the most unimaginable moments for them, Graham’s loved ones, his colleagues both within Nottinghamshire and here in the Met, can rightly be proud of him.”

The JustGiving page to assist the family of the fallen Nottinghamshire Police Officer can be found here.

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