A police officer who died in a crash at the Isle of Man races was one of the most highly qualified police bikers in the region, it has emerged.
West Midlands Police motorcyclist Sgt Chris Bradshaw, 39, was fatally injured in a collision with another biker at the races on Wednesday.
His family has described him as a “much loved” individual who died pursuing his passion.
In a statement, the family said: “Chris was a much loved son, partner, brother and uncle who will be sadly missed by all of his family and friends.
“Chris died pursuing the hobby he loved, motorcycle racing, and was committed to enjoying his passion and sharing it with others; through racing on the Isle of Mann since 2003 and instructing riders through the Institute of Advanced Motoring and Bikesafe scheme.”
The former member of the RAF Regiment, who served two tours in Northern Ireland, had been a police officer for 18 years, both in the West Midlands and Leicestershire.
A “popular and much-respected” traffic sergeant, based at Chelmsley Wood, he had previously been based in stations across Birmingham before joining Sutton Coldfield Traffic in 2001, and then working on accident reconstruction investigations.
West Midlands Police said Sgt Bradshaw was an experienced advanced motorcyclist and one of the “most highly qualified” police motorcycle riders.
Supt Rick Burgess said: “I would like to pay tribute to a committed and highly skilled officer who was passionate about his chosen role as a traffic officer.
“Chris will be sadly missed by officers and staff across the West Midlands and Leicestershire forces and by many friends he met through motorcycling.”
His partner Diana Rushton, also a serving police officer, was today being comforted by relatives.
The fatal collision on the second lap of a race in the Manx Grand Prix also claimed the life of Royal Navy officer James Adam, 28, from Preswick, in Ayrshire.