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18 March 2014, 11:41
A police officer from Teesside who was killed when he was hit by a train had been arrested two days previously on suspicion of a sexual offence.
41 year old Detective Constable Ged Swash from Billingham, worked for Cleveland Police in Hartlepool and died on a level crossing at Cowpen Bewley at around 9.30pm last Tuesday.
He had been arrested on March 9th following an allegation of a sexual offence against a woman while he was off duty.
Mr Swash was off sick at the time he was held for questioning having been injured making an arrest, and so he was not suspended from duty by his force.
He was bailed following his arrest pending further investigations.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said:
"We can confirm the man who died following an incident on a railway line on Tuesday 11th March was 41-year-old Ged Swash, who was a serving police officer.
We can also confirm that this officer had been arrested on the morning of Sunday, March 9th, following an allegation of a sexual offence on an adult female while off duty.
He was subsequently released on bail pending further inquiries
Specially trained Family Liaison Officers are working with the family to support them in dealing with this tragic situation.
Our thoughts are with the family, his friends and colleagues at this sad time.''