A fitting tribute to a cherished sportsman

From left: Judith Dunn and Katie Butler with Eddie North and Jon Hamer
From left: Judith Dunn and Katie Butler with Eddie North and Jon Hamer

LOVED ones of the late policeman Matt Dunn have been presented with an oil painting in his honour.

Detective Constable Dunn, of Calderdale CID, died aged 31 last May after he was hit by a car while on holiday in Lanzarote.

DC Matthew Dunn, killed in Lanzarote

DC Matthew Dunn, killed in Lanzarote

His old teammates on the British and West Yorkshire Police Rugby League squads commissioned the artwork in his memory.

It was painted by former prop forward and good friend Eddie North and given to his mum, Judith Dunn, and partner, Katie Butler, after British Police drew 16-16 with the British Army.

Jon Hamer, British Police team manager and West Yorkshire Police team head coach, said: “He was a top player with a great team spirit who was an integral part of the squad.

“We thought it was only right he was remembered – which he is, regularly – and we thought that this was a fitting way to remember him.

“He was a much-loved chap, both on and off the pitch.”

The keen sportsman skippered the Calderdale Police rugby team to victory in the Chief Constable’s Cup in 2009.

The cup was renamed the Matt Dunn Memorial Trophy last year in his honour, and his colleagues won it earlier this month. DC Dunn also played for Siddal Rugby Club, which is holding a remembrance day for him on Saturday August 6.

A match with Siddal, King Cross Park and police players will kick off at 2.30pm.

All proceeds from the day will go to the Forget-Me-Not Trust, his family’s chosen charity.