London Lite Friday, 7 August 2009 15 PCexperimentingwithheroin Tate chief tries art of comedy A POLICE officer who was well known for his work against London drug dealers was found dead in his flat from a heroin overdose. David Pilling, 47, who was nicknamed Robocop for his efforts in tackling drugs, was found collapsed at his home in Camden earlier this year. An inquest heard yesterday how an overdose of injected heroin killed the officer. Traces of cocaine and Ecstasy were also in his system. His death in March shocked friends, colleagues and family, none of whom had any idea he took drugs. Toxicology reports revealed his blood contained levels of heroin more than four times the amount associated with fatal overdoses. Colleagues said he may have been experi- menting and died of an accidental overdose. An investigation found he had been looking at websites on how to take drugs just before his death. PC Pilling built up a reputation for tackling drug dealers on his West End beat. He once chased a dealer down a flight of steps in Tottenham Court Road on his motorbike. Camden bor- o u g h c o m - mander Dominic Clout said: PC Pilling was a truly valued member of staff. He displayed no signs of drug use while at Camden. Tests showed PC Pilling was not a drug addict. A verdict of death by misadventure was recorded. A SENIOR staff member at the Tate Galleries is to try his luck as a comedian at this years Edinburgh Fringe. Will Gompertz, director of media for the Tate, is staging a solo comedy show at the festival. Set in a classroom, the audience are pupils facing a history of art exam with Gompertz giving an amusing lecture. by GeorGina littlejohn Broke and up for a party? Head down to Free! 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