Family’s tribute to police officer killed in crash

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THE family of a police officer from Etchingham, who died following a crash on the A21, have described him as ‘the best husband, a fantastic daddy and a passionate family man.’

Kent Police Detective Constable Adrian Grew suffered fatal injuries on Monday December 9 when his car was involved in a collision with a bus on the A21 at Lamberhurst.

Adrian’s family said: “Last Monday night, our whole world caved in and we lost the most amazing man.

“Not only was he the best husband, a fantastic daddy, the best son, brother and friend, but he was also a dedicated and professional police officer who loved his job.

“It is difficult for us to contemplate life without him.

“Thank you to those who have expressed their respects.

“The generous messages of support and caring tributes mean a lot.

“Rest in peace Adrian, there’s a huge hole in our lives without you.”

Former work colleagues have also spoken of their loss.

Detective Inspector Jon Armory worked alongside Adrian in the Serious Organised Crime Unit.

He said: “He was a highly capable and well respected detective who worked on some of the most serious investigations within our county.

‘Adrian had a very bright future ahead of him and was a fantastic colleague to work with.

“He will be sorely missed by all of us who knew and worked with him.’

Chief Superintendent Steve Corbishley recalled Adrian’s time at Tonbridge Police Station, where he served as a detective in the reactive crime team for several years.

He said: ‘Detective Constable Grew was a popular officer.

“Relied upon and trusted by colleagues at Tonbridge, he got results for victims of crime and for the community.

“Losing him at such a young age is a tragedy, and our thoughts and support are with his family.

“Adrian had recently left Tonbridge to join the Serious Crime Directorate in the north of the county and he would have no doubt flourished in a role that tackled society’s most serious criminals.

“Adrian will be remembered by his colleagues not just for his qualities as a police officer, but as a person too.”