WARM tributes have been paid to an "utterly committed" former Solihull policewoman who has died from breast cancer at the age of 50.
Marie Pinfield spent most of her 30 years with West Midlands Police serving in the borough, latterly on child protection duties. She died in the Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull last week.
She was diagnosed with cancer in August 2006 and retired from the force as a police constable in April this year on medical grounds.
A colleague, Det Insp Donna Evans, said: "Marie was a tremendously dedicated police officer who was completely and utterly committed to her work - she was also my best friend. It is very sad she died so young.
"Marie took a great pride in doing her job well - she used to say she wanted to deliver a gold star service to the people of Solihull, where she had grown up. She had been a beat officer but worked for the past five years as a child abuse investigator.
"There are quite a lot of people around who have cause to be grateful to her for the skilled and dedicated way she went about her work."
Det Insp Evans added that Miss Pinfield, a former pupil of Lyndon School who lived in Warwick Road, Solihull, converted to Catholicism seven years ago and had been a worshipper at Olton Friary in St Bernards Road.
"She was heavily involved with charity work and worked as a helper for sick people visiting Lourdes. She also ran soup kitchens for the homeless at Christmas."
Marie Pinfield's funeral will take place at 10.15am tomorrow (Thursday) at Olton Friary, followed by burial at Widney Manor Cemetery.