by Alan Quick

THE family of man who died following a collision near Beaford, Winkleigh, on Saturday, May 27 have paid tribute.

Ian Wyle (64), from Tedburn St Mary, was killed after his Triumph Bonneville 865 motorcycle was involved in a collision with a white Volvo C30 car on the A3124.

His family have released the following tribute; “Our tribute to Dad:

“The whole family are devastated at the loss of our lovely Husband, Father, ‘Grumpy’, Son and Brother.


“Over his 30 years of service as a police officer across Devon, Ian became an integral part of the communities he worked with and became a friend to many.

“A seasoned biker who had been riding motorbikes for nearly 50 years, he was considerate and treated the road with respect and loved nothing more than riding out in all weathers.

“His family and friends are heartened that Ian died whilst doing something he loved.  He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.”

Inspector Gareth Twigg said: “Mr Wyle joined Devon and Cornwall Police in 1972 as a Police Constable where he served the Force across Devon for 30 years.


“He retired from his last post, which was in the Tiverton area, in 2002.

“He was an exceptional police officer and we are extremely sorry for the loss of Ian. Our thoughts are with all of his friends and family at this hard time.”

Police are still appealing for witnesses to the collision. Emergency services were called at 3.10pm on Saturday, May 27.

The road was closed for more than nine hours while officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit and the Roads Policing Team carried out an investigation at the scene.

Anyone who can assist with the investigation is asked to contact police by email at: [email protected] or telephone 101, quoting log number 592 of 27/05/17.