Tributes paid to tragic Pc
TRIBUTES have been pouring in for a serving police officer who was killed in an incident at a railway station only weeks after the death of his father. Constable Tony Sweeney, 47, had been standing on the platform at Hitchin railway station when he fell i
TRIBUTES have been pouring in for a serving police officer who was killed in an incident at a railway station only weeks after the death of his father.
Constable Tony Sweeney, 47, had been standing on the platform at Hitchin railway station when he fell in front of the 15.21 King's Cross to Peterborough train as it slowed down while approaching the station.
Although the driver applied the emergency brakes, Pc Sweeney was killed instantly.
The incident happened in front of horrified onlookers, including some school children, but no one else was believed to be involved in his death and it is not being treated as suspicious.
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Pc Sweeney's death comes just two weeks after that of his father Patrick who died on July 1 aged 75 and whose funeral took place on July 10 in Hitchin.
Pc Sweeney was based with the Baldock community team and had been with the force for 29 years. He had been a beat officer on the Grange Estate, Letchworth GC, and had also served in Hitchin and Baldock before joining the community team in 2003.
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His family have spoken of a "wonderful husband, father, son, brother and friend".
They said: "He was a calming reassuring influence who was held in the highest regard by those who were privileged to have known him.
"Nothing was too much trouble and his kind, infectious manner will be very sadly missed.
"The family would greatly appreciate it if their privacy could be respected at this very sad and distressing time."
Pc Sweeney's colleagues have spoken of a "very effective police officer - a great thief taker".
Eastern area commander Chief Supt Gary Kitching said: "He was highly respected by his colleagues, very well known in the communities he served and the depth of feeling following his death highlights that.
"He was an outstanding officer and he will be sadly and deeply missed. Our thoughts are with Tony's family at this devastating time."
Sgt Clive Reader, a member of the Baldock community team, had worked with Pc Sweeney for much of his career.
He said: "Tony was a kind hearted and genuinely well respected officer who was renowned for being fair and going that extra mile.
"His loss will be felt greatly by all who know him."
Hertfordshire Police's chief constable Frank Whiteley said: "Tony was an experienced and dedicated officer who was highly regarded by all those he worked alongside.