Tributes paid to police doctor

TRIBUTES have today been paid to Suffolk police's former police surgeon who has died at the age of 62.

TRIBUTES have today been paid to Suffolk police's former police surgeon who has died at the age of 62.

Dr Michael Knight MBE was the force's medical advisor for 35 years and spent 20 years as a GP in Ipswich.

The father-of-two was one of only a handful of police doctors in the country to work both as a forensic physician, examining offenders and victims of crime, and also as an occupational health advisor, looking after the welfare of the force's staff.

He died on Monday after a short illness.


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His wife, Rosemary, said: “He was a caring and devoted husband and father with a wonderful sense of humour. He loved his work, but always had time for family, friends and colleagues.

“He will be greatly missed by myself and my family.”

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Simon Ash, Suffolk Police chief constable, said: “We were extremely saddened to hear that Dr Knight had passed away.

“He gave 35 years of devoted service to the Suffolk constabulary and was regarded with great affection and respect by all.

“Our thoughts and prayers are very much with his family and friends at this difficult time.”

Dr Knight, who had two daughters, Sarah and Helen, also worked at Hatfield Road and Ancaster Road surgeries in Ipswich, which later merged to become Felixstowe Road surgery.

While working with Suffolk police Dr Knight played a key role in setting up the force's occupational health unit and was involved in the care of victims of assaults, including sexual assaults.

In November 2004 he was awarded an MBE and in September 2007 he received a Chief Constable's Commendation in recognition of his dedicated service.

A private cremation service will be held on Monday, November 19, followed by a service of thanksgiving at St Martin's Church in Nacton at 2pm.

Would you like to pay a tribute to Dr Knight? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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