St Albans police officer killed in skiing accident 'loved outdoor pursuits'

PUBLISHED: 15:17 17 March 2009 | UPDATED: 14:01 06 May 2010

A FORMER neighbour of the St Albans police officer killed in a fall at a French ski resort on Sunday described him this week as a happy, hard-working man who loved to keep fit with outdoors pursuits . Michael Probert, aged 43, who lived in Marshalswick L

A FORMER neighbour of the St Albans police officer killed in a fall at a French ski resort on Sunday described him this week as a "happy, hard-working man who loved to keep fit with outdoors pursuits".

Michael Probert, aged 43, who lived in Marshalswick Lane, St Albans and served with the Metropolitan Police for more than 20 years, was skiing with family and friends at the resort of Alpe d'Huez when he is believed to have careered off-piste and plunged into a ravine.

His friend and former neighbour Janie Singh of Francis Avenue, St Albans, knew Michael and his wife Emma for 10 years when they lived opposite her.

She said: "His dad was a builder and Mike had his own building business as well as being a policeman. He did the extension on our house around three years ago shortly before they moved to Marshalswick Lane, which they also renovated.

"They seemed a devoted couple who were very active, always jogging or cycling or working on the house together. I feel so sad for Emma because they were so close and had no children. Mike was a real work-hard, play-hard sort of person with a very happy, positive, outlook on life. I never once heard him moan about anything."

The couple had flown out to the French resort on Friday for a week with friends. The accident was witnessed by his wife, who is a police sergeant with the Royal Protection force.

An air ambulance went to the scene of the accident but paramedics were unable to save Mr Probert's life. He had suffered heart failure and injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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