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12 May 2011, 10:47
Tributes have been paid to a police officer who died when he came off his motorbike near Hemel Hempstead.
PC Ian Swalding was on his way back home to Bletchley after the accident on the Leighton Buzzard road last Wednesday.
PC Swadling, who lived in Newton Leys 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 girl in June.
He was currently working on the Harrow Weald Safer Neighbourhoods Team in the borough of Harrow.
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 also loved fishing and would go fishing and fished on the lake near where we live. He was a real lover of the outdoors, enjoyed camping and had been to the New Forest several times.
"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 Superintendent 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 by all of us."