Cleveland Police chief Stewart Swinson's death probed

Det Ch Supt Stewart Swinson Det Ch Supt Stewart Swinson's body was found near Yarm High Street

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A senior Cleveland Police detective has been found dead in Teesside.

The body of head of crime, Det Ch Supt Stewart Swinson, 47, was found near Yarm High Street early on Tuesday, close to the Blue Bell Pub.

An investigation is under way into the cause of Mr Swinson's death, although a force spokesman said the incident was not being treated as suspicious.

Colleagues described him as a "dedicated, hardworking and respected" officer.

Emergency services were called to land close to Yarm Bridge, near Stockton-on-Tees, at 09:20 GMT after reports that a man's body had been seen.

'Passion'

Cleveland's 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."

The chair of Cleveland Police Authority Stuart Drummond, added: "Everyone involved with the force and the authority will feel deep shock at the death of someone admired for his commitment to serving the public.

"I am sure I speak on behalf of the entire authority when I express our condolences and sympathy to his family and friends at this tragic time."

Mr Swinson, who had been with the Cleveland force all his professional career, lived in Yarm and was married with a 15-year-old son and a daughter aged 12.

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