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Tributes to Lockerbie top cop

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By Fiona Reid
Lockerbie and Lochmaben
Tributes to Lockerbie top cop

A TOP policeman who led the Lockerbie bombing investigation has died.

Tributes were this week paid to John Boyd CBE QPM after his death aged 90.

He was a former HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland and his successor Craig Naylor released a statement, saying: “John Boyd, CBE QPM, exemplified the epitome of leadership, dedication, and service throughout his career.

“He devoted himself to upholding the highest standards of law enforcement and community safety at a time of immense tragedy following the bombing of a flight over Lockerbie.

“His legacy serves as an inspiration, embodying the virtues of integrity, compassion, and courage.

“His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland hold his wife, sons, grandchildren and great grandchildren in our thoughts at this time.”

Mr Boyd, who served as HM Chief Inspector in Scotland from 1993 to 1996, was the chief constable for Dumfries and Galloway on December 21 1988.

He led the hunt for the Lockerbie bombers as well as overseeing the search for the bodies of all the 270 people who were killed when Pan Am 103 exploded.

In 1989 he was made a CBE for his handling of the criminal investigation into what remains the worst terrorist attack in the UK.

He was also a former Assistant Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police.

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