Inquest finds Cleveland police chief leapt to his death

A dedicated senior police officer with a history of depression jumped off a railway viaduct the day after seeing his community mental health nurse, an inquest heard today.

Detective Chief Superintendent Stewart Swinson was six months from retiring as Cleveland Police's Head of Crime when he fell to his death in Yarm last March.

The 47-year-old married father-of-two was devoted to his family and loved his job, but found the role stressful, the Court heard.

The force has been subject to investigations into corruption but Mr Swinson was under no suspicion and was reassured by the then temporary Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer when he was off work sick.

Mr Swinson suffered recurring bouts of depression and had tried to kill himself in 1993, the court heard.

"The evidence shows Stewart Swinson was a remarkable gentleman.

He suffered badly from depression, certainly as far back as 1993."

– Michael Sheffield, coroner

We all miss and will always remember Stewart, who was an outstanding police officer, leader and a treasured and much-loved husband, father, son and brother.

He made an outstanding contribution to policing over three decades and we are very proud of his achievements."

– Assistant Chief Constable Sean White