The partner of PS Matt Ratana has paid tribute to him following his sad and tragic death on Friday.
Su Bushby said:
“There aren’t really any words for how I am feeling right now about the loss of Matt; about losing someone I loved, and was so close to, in such a tragic manner.
“I know Matt touched many, many people’s lives with his friendliness, patience, kindness, enthusiasm and caring ways.
“I had the pleasure of sharing five years of my life with this lovely man – my gentle giant, with his infectious smile and a big heart. I think of him with tenderness and love.
“Matt was my partner, friend, confidant, support and soul mate.
“He will be greatly missed but never forgotten. Matt will always be in my head and in my heart. “
Also paying tribute to the popular police officer was Chief Inspector Phillip Palmer of Met Detention. He said:
“Matt was a very outgoing character and a supportive and kind colleague. Anyone who met him warmed to him straight away.
“I met him on his first day on Met Detention two years ago, and he proved to be a very dedicated officer. He often worked his rest days and filled in at other custody suites across London.
“He was well known across the Met, across different communities and nationalities, touching the lives of many in a positive way. He will be sorely missed.”
Community leaders and community members in Croydon have also paid tribute to PS Ratana in a touching video during which they offered their condolences to PS Ratana’s family and friends.