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Warm family tributes for “Amazing” tragic former cop
Tuesday 13th September 2016 @ 14:44 by Nigel P.
Hyde News Stalybridge


The grieving family of former Tameside Policeman, Andrew Summerscales, have remembered him fondly as an ‘Amazing father, brother and son.’

The popular bobby who served in the police force for 15 years was found dead in Cheethams Park, Stalybridge two weeks ago.

There were no suspicious circumstances.

It was revealed that Andrew was first on the scene at the brutal slaying of police officers Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone, who were shot and attacked with a grenade by psychopathic killer Dale Creggan at Hattersley in 2012 .

Andrew was said by colleagues to have been deeply affected by the horrific scene that met him, when he responded to the call to assist the female officers , but bravely carried on in the job for another four years before leaving the police, last year.

Andrew 46, had one son Joshua, now 20 years-old of whom he was said to be immensely proud.

Born to Shirley and Stephen in Oldham as one of twins to sister Ruth, his family described him as shy and quiet.

It was a trait which he was said to have taken from his grandfather, though the shyness was accompanied by a wicked sense of humour.

Andrew as the twin brother of Ruth gave her away at her wedding and Andrew would often take his younger brother  Stephen over to Anfield to watch his beloved Liverpool FC.

Despite a childhood ambition to be a policeman, Andrew  had a number of jobs before joining the force and acquired the nickname ‘Brassy’ from mates, due to the amount of overtime he was prepared to work in order to save for things he wanted to buy.

As a keen Liverpool fan, Andrew followed his beloved team up and down the country despite his Oldham roots.

His passion for Liverpool saw him at Hillsborough in 1989 where he witnessed the fatal disaster there unfurl.

Andrew’s family remember  him in his later years as “kind and helpful who cared immensely about those close to him.”

It was with this temperament now established in him, that Andrew made his Mum, Shirley, especially proud, when he finally chose to realise his boyhood ambition and become a police officer.

Shirley still retains cherished memories of Andrew’s passing out parade in 2000.

The family relate how Andrew lived life to the full walking with his beloved dogs and friends’ “anywhere and everywhere”

They say: ” he will be missed by all of us” but remind him…”You’ll  Never Walk Alone”