Hundreds of people gathered in Newcastle City Hall this morning to farewell one of the Hunter’s most loved and respected police officers.

Senior Constable Tony Tamplin died suddenly of a suspected heart attack on Monday, aged 54.

The man described as “Mister Marvellous” was honoured posthumously by Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione with a National Poice Service Medal.

Family members, the media and members of Variety spoke warmly at the service.