A MAN who was killed after being struck by a train was a serving police officer who had been arrested on suspicion of a sexual offence against a woman just two days before he died, it has emerged.
Cleveland Police have today confirmed the 41-year-old man who died on a level crossing near to Cowpen Bewley, in Billingham, at around 9.30pm on March 11 was Ged Swash.
Mr Swash lived in Billingham and had worked in Hartlepool as part of his role as a Constable for the force.
Cleveland Police have also revealed that the officer had been arrested on the morning of Sunday, March 9 – just two days before his death – following an allegation of a sexual offence against a woman while he was off duty.
He was bailed while his colleagues carried out further investigations.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman revealed Mr Swash was absent from work at the time of his death after suffering an injury sustained off duty while making an arrest, therefore the force’s suspension conditions were not met so he wasn’t suspended after the allegations and arrest.
The 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.
“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.
The spokeswoman added: “This officer had been arrested on the morning of Sunday, March 9, following an allegation of a sexual offence on an adult female while off duty. He was subsequently released on bail pending further enquiries.”
Mr Swash was declared dead at the scene. An inquest into his death was opened yesterday. The line was closed for around 90 minutes after the incident involving the 8.30pm Newcastle to Middlesbrough service.
A British Transport Police (BTP) spokeswoman said the death is not being treated as suspicious.
She said: “Mr Swash was a serving police officer with Cleveland Police and our thoughts are with his family and colleagues at this difficult time.”