Retired Suffolk police officer and former Eye community sergeant died in Needham Market rail incident

Inspector 'Ady' Calton pictured in 2007. ANL-151013-102753001
Inspector 'Ady' Calton pictured in 2007. ANL-151013-102753001

Tributes have been paid to a well-known and respected police officer and former community sergeant in the Eye area whose body was found by the railway line in Needham Market earlier this month.

Adrian ‘Ady’ Calton, a police inspector who retired five years ago, had served Suffolk Police for 30 years.

He was a dedicated officer who always had the community at heart

Jon Brighton

His body was found on Monday, October 5 after British Transport Police were called to the foot crossing near Needham Market Railway Station.

A statement from his family said: “The family are shocked and devastated and are trying to begin to come to terms with what has happened.”

Insp Calton, who was 53, began his career in October 1980 serving as a response constable in the east of the county before working in the traffic unit at Halesworth.

He also served as a sergeant on the firearms team and as a community sergeant at Stowmarket and in the Eye area before he was promoted to Inspector at Bury St Edmunds and he then worked in the Bury area.

Before he retired he was an Inspector at the Police headquarters’ control room at Martlesham.

He was well respected by his colleagues and his peers.

Former Suffolk Chief Superintendent Jon Brighton, who worked with Ady throughout his career, said he would be greatly missed by friends, former colleagues and those still serving with Suffolk Police.

“He was a dedicated officer who always had the community at heart. He will be known to many, both through his community work and within the constabulary. I worked closely with him, particularly on the firearms team and in Mid Suffolk, and he helped many young officers to develop and progress their careers, encouraging them to become good policemen and women.

“He was a larger than life character who was sociable and gregarious but also a private man.

“I fondly remember him cooking Sunday breakfast for his team on early shifts and, as you would expect from an ex traffic officer, he had a real passion for cars.

“He also enjoyed cricket and a group of us would regularly go on trips to the Oval to watch England.”