Rugby trophy named after officer is won by his team

Calderdale Police rugby team win the Matt Dunn Memorial Trophy
Calderdale Police rugby team win the Matt Dunn Memorial Trophy

COLLEAGUES of a well-loved police officer have won a rugby trophy re-named in his honour.

The team from Calderdale Police took the first prize in the Chief Constable nine’s rugby league contest for the second time in three years.

The trophy was re-named last year as the Matt Dunn Memorial Trophy in tribute to the respected and popular detective constable, who was part of Calderdale CID.

The 31-year-old died in May last year after being hit by a car while on holiday in Lanzarote.

He was captain of Calderdale Police rugby team, which won the Chief Constable’s Cup in 2009, and a member of the Great Britain Police Rugby team.

He was also opening batsman for Ripponden Stones Cricket Club and a player for Siddal Rugby League Club. Matt’s partner Katy Butler and mum Judith were at the game and collected the trophy on the team’s behalf.

Detective Inspector Gary Stephenson from Calderdale CID said: “This was not only a great achievement for the division but an outstanding display from Matt’s colleagues who wanted to show the same commitment he had given to rugby within the police service.”

Last month Det Con Dunn’s colleagues collected £300 for West Yorkshire Forget Me Not Trust in tribute to him.