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A LORRY driver has been found guilty of causing the death of a police officer after he tried to read a text on his mobile phone.

Peterborough Crown Court heard that Danny Warby (28) opened the message on his iPhone and then careered into oncoming traffic. Causing a five vehicle pile-up on the A141 near to Wyton in Cambridgeshire and killing mother-of-two detective constable Sharon Garrett (48).

Warby denied causing death by dangerous driving but was found guilty and convicted by a jury after a nine day trial.

The lorry driver had previous convictions for drink-driving and using a mobile phone while driving.

PC Pete Bimson said: “This tragic incident claimed the life of a police officer. It could have so easily been avoided and drives home the message that using a mobile phone at the wheel can have fatal consequences.”

In a statement, Mrs Garrett’s family said they were, “devastated” by her death.

“Sharon was a fantastic mother who has been taken from her two young childen in such tragic circumstances.

“Nothing can ever bring Sharon back and words can never express how much we all miss her.”

Judge Stuart Bridge told Warby: “This is a very serious offence with hugely tragic consequences and an immediate custodial sentence is inevitable.”

Warby, of King’s Lynn, Norfolk, will be sentenced in September.

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