A POLICEMAN who played rugby in the Holme Valley has died in a tragic holiday accident.
Det Con Matthew Dunn, 31, died while he was on holiday in Lanzarote.
He was hit by a car in the resort of Playa Blanca at approximately 1am yesterday, friday and was then taken to the Arrecife Hospital where he later died.
Another man who was with Det Con Dunn suffered serious injuries. He is not in the police.
Det Con Dunn used to play for Underbank Rangers in 2003/2004.
Det Con Dunn joined Calderdale Police in January 2004 and was based in CID.
He also had roles as an acting sergeant at the North and East Neighbourhood Policing Team.
Calderdale commander Chief Supt Alan Ford said: "Matt was a highly respected, well-known and loved officer as a result of his professionalism as a police officer and his skills as a rugby player in which he was a member of Great Britain police rugby team.
"The division is in regular contact with members of the party in Lanzarote and is sending a family liaison officer and translator to the island to support the families and provide what assistance they can.
"We are also liaising through SOCA with the local police in terms of the investigation into the incident.’’
He added: "Calderdale division is a sad place today and we are grateful to the practical and moral support offered by colleagues from across the force.’’
Det Con Dunn was a rugby league winger who played for Underbank Rangers’ summer side in the inaugural season of the National III division in 2003, helping them reach the play-offs.
Damon Scholes, now Huddersfield YMCA RU Club coach and former Underbank coach, said: "It’s a terrible shock for all the people who knew and liked Matt because he was a great bloke as well as being a very good rugby player.
"When we first set up the summer side Matt just turned up at the ground one night, asking if he could get involved. We were delighted to have him on board and he made a big contribution.
"He then went to play for the successful Siddal side in Halifax and when I became YMCA coach I tried to tempt him up to Laund Hill, but without success.
"Matt was also a good club cricketer, a real all-rounder in fact.’’