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Police officer who switched to journalism dies suddenly aged 56

A police officer-turned-journalist who worked for a regional daily has died suddenly aged 56.

Tributes have been paid to Bert Mitchell, who was best known for his work covering sport on the Glasgow Times.

Bert, pictured, came to journalism later in life after working for the police 12 years.

After switching careers, he predominantly covered Patrick Thistle Football Club for the Times, as well as boxing, rugby and tennis.

Bert Mitchell

He left the newspaper to write a series of crime fiction novels under the name RJ Mitchell.

Times colleague Tommy Jordan told the paper: “When in the police, Bert decided he wanted to become a journalist and he had to do it the hard way.

“He achieved that objective through nothing other than sheer determination and that was the type of colleague he was.

“He was very much his own man, he was strong enough to stand by the courage of his convictions but more than anything, he was someone who lived for his family – Arlene and Ava.”

Bert’s funeral was held earlier this month.