Off-duty Manchester police officer dies in crash

Graham Lyne
Image caption Det Sgt Lyne had been out riding with his son when the collision occurred

An off-duty Greater Manchester police officer has died in a crash between a motorcycle and a car.

A Vauxhall Corsa and motorbike collided in Holmfirth Road, Saddleworth at about 1100 BST on Wednesday.

The motorcyclist, 47-year-old Graham Lyne from Chadderton, suffered serious injuries and died at the scene. The car driver was not injured.

Greater Manchester Police are appealing for the driver of a "white box-style van" to help them with their inquiries.

'Meant everything'

Sgt Paul Higgins said: "They may hold vital information into what happened leading up to the collision."

Police believe the van was travelling towards Greenfield in Oldham.

Mr Lyne, who was a detective sergeant and known to his family as "Diddy", had lived in Oldham all his life.

He had been riding with his son Joe, who was on a separate motorbike, at the time of the collision.

His wife Andrea said: "He meant everything to me, it's like someone has just turned a light off. He can't be replaced."

Mr Lyne's parents Lillian and Jack Lyne said: "There is so much we could say, but we just can't find the words. He was a wonderful son and we are going to miss him so very much."

'Role model'

His daughter Jennifer said: "Diddy was the reason I never had to worry.

"If the car broke down, he fixed it. If I needed a shelf putting up, he did it. If the fish tank needed cleaning, he cleaned it. If his grandchildren needed me, he supported me."

Det Sup Vincent Petrykowski said: "Graham was both hugely respected and popular.

He was an excellent police officer who took great pride in his work and he was immensely proud to be a detective in Greater Manchester Police.

"Graham was a role model for others and he was always willing to help. His untimely death is a tragedy that will be keenly felt by his many colleagues and work friends."

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