Burnley detective (50) loses cancer battle

Det. Sgt Ian Glass (s)
Det. Sgt Ian Glass (s)

A HUGELY respected Burnley police sergeant who was devoted to his work, his family and always went the extra mile, has died after a battle against cancer.

Dad-of-two Det. Sgt Ian Glass (50) died at his Hapton home iafter a two-year illness.

Mr Glass, who grew up Suffolk Avenue, began his working life as a joiner but his family said his dream was always to serve in the police force. He started out as a special constable before becoming a police officer, a job he did with pride for 15 years.

He worked his way through the ranks and joined CID at Burnley Police Station, working on high-profile cases, earning the title of detective sergeant five years ago. Latterly he headed a team to tackle burglaries in the town.

His wife Jeannette, to whom he was married for 28 years, said: “He was a fantastic guy. He was giving, sharing, loyal and would do anything for anybody. He thought of everyone else first and himself second.”

Chief Constable of Lancashire Police Steve Finnigan visited him at home when he became ill and a police procession will take place before his funeral on Monday.

A keen sportsman, Mr Glass enjoyed karate and was on the British karate team. He continued his interest in joinery and often helped friends and family with DIY jobs. He had recently become a grandad and doted on granddaughter Faith.

Mrs Glass added: “He worked on some high profile cases and always got a result. He always went the extra mile with everything he did. When he was made a sergeant that was the proudest day of my life. He worked so hard for it.”

Chief Supt Clive Tattum said: “Ian was a credit to the service throughout his career. He was a remarkable individual, always putting others before himself and was dedicated to performing his duty.

“He will be sorely missed by everyone who knew him and our deepest sympathies go to his family at this time.”

Mr Glass leaves his wife, sons Michael and Jordan, granddaughter Faith, brothers David, Reg, Tony and Hayden and sister Dale.

A police funeral will take place on Monday at 10-30 a.m. at St Mary’s Church, Yorkshire Street.