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Head of Crime found dead in North Yorkshire

Stuart Swinson

5:54pm 20th March 2012

Tributes have been paid to Cleveland Police’s Head of Crime, Detective Chief Superintendent Stewart Swinson, who died earlier today.

Enquiries are ongoing into the circumstances surrounding Mr Swinson’s death, but it is not being treated as suspicious.

It is understood the death of the father-of-two is linked to the report of a man's body being found on land close to Yarm High Street, shortly after 9.20am today.

Emergency services were called to the area at Yarm Bridge, opposite The Blue Bell Pub.

Temporary Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer said:

“Our thoughts are with Stewart’s family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.

“Stewart had a great passion for the job he did; he was dedicated, hardworking and respected by everyone who knew him and who worked with him.

“He was an extremely valued member of Cleveland Police and we shall all miss him greatly.”

Mr Swinson was appointed head of crime in May 2010 having previously been Redcar and Cleveland district commander.

PICTURED: Detective Chief Superintendent Stewart Swinson

Stuart Swinson

Stuart Swinson

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