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Retired Cleveland Police officer named as one of two bikers killed in crash on North York Moors

Paul Dee, 63 (left) and Graham Bowen, 56 (right) died in a motorcycle crash on Sunday morning Credit: North Yorkshire Police

A retired police officer from Redcar has been named as one of two bikers killed in a motorcycle crash on the North York Moors on Sunday.

Paul Dee, 63, spent 30 years with Cleveland Police.

He was killed after his black Norton motorcycle collided with a bike ridden by Graham Bowen, 56, from Stockton, on the B1257 near Stokesley on Sunday morning.

Both men died at the scene.

In a statement Mr Dee's family said:

Our family are heartbroken at the tragic and untimely loss of a loving husband, father, stepfather, father-in-law, grandad and brother.

Paul was a dedicated police officer for 30 years and an ambulance driver for four years after retiring from the police.

He was even more dedicated to his family and large circle of friends. We all love and miss him every minute. Taken too soon and sadly missed.

– Mr Dee's family

The Chief Constable of Cleveland Police Richard Lewis said:

Paul was a much respected and loved officer and was proud of being a police officer for three decades.

He worked in a number of roles for Cleveland Police including firearms, traffic and was also the sergeant responsible for the motorbike section.

Our thoughts and condolences remain with Paul’s family and I am visiting them to offer my condolences in person.

We have also offered additional support to any of our colleagues that are impacted by the loss of Paul.

– Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, Richard Lewis
  • A motorcyclist or cyclist is killed or seriously injured every hour on British roads.
  • Two thirds of bike deaths occur on rural roads.

Mr Bowen's family did not provide a statement. North Yorkshire Police are appealing for witnesses.