An officer and a real gentleman

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THE wife of PC Ian Swadling, family, friends and colleagues have paid tribute to a loving, happy-go-lucky man who was dedicated to his job and a pleasure to work with.

PC Ian Swadling, who lived in Bletchley with his wife Catrina and their three year old son Jack, was a serving officer with the Metropolitan Police Service for 14 years. Catrina is expecting their baby daughter in June.

He was currently working on the Harrow Weald Safer Neighbourhoods Team in the borough of Harrow.

Ian sadly died when, for reasons unknown at this time, he came off his motorbike on the Leighton Buzzard Road, near Hemel Hempstead on May 4. He had been on his way home from work when the incident happened.

Ian’s wife Catrina, who he married in 2006, has paid tribute to a loving, family man who will be missed very much.

Catrina said: “Ian was such a dedicated family man. He could not wait to get home to see Jack and loved being with his family.

“He had many interests including skiing and had been to France several times, we also had skiing holidays in America.

“He was looking forward to when Jack was a bit older and he could take him. Ian was a great father and was really able to get down on a level with Jack and all of his nieces and nephews.

“He was brilliant with children and young people.

“He was a really wonderful man; his only fault was his love of sweet treats like chocolate and biscuits which we would all tease him about.

“He never worried about anything and was a really happy go lucky guy; we will miss him more than words can say.”

Ian’s sister Teresa Swadling said: “Ian was a wonderful brother. He was a real joker and when he was younger he was really mischievous.

“We are all so shocked by what has happened to him. We will miss him so much, and so will so many other people.”

Harrow Borough Commander, Chief Supt Dal Babu, said: “Ian was an excellent officer who will be sadly missed by the borough and the community he served.

“Our thoughts are with Catrina and all of his family and this very sad time.”

Colleague, PC Craig Debenham, from Harrow Weald Safer Neighbourhoods Team, said: “I worked with Ian almost every day for the last two years.

“He was always fun to work with and extremely keen. He was also very knowledgeable and you could learn so much from him.

“He was always there when you needed him and happy to help with anything.

“He was the heartbeat of the team. He was more than just a colleague; he was also a friend and will be sadly missed.”