Warm tributes have been paid to a man who prosecuted some of Lancashire’s most prolific criminals.
Ed Shone, 67, a retired policeman who went on to forge a career in law, passed away after a short illness.
The grandfather-of-two, a passionate Lancastrian, grew up in Atherton near Wigan, but moved to Lytham when he joined Lancashire Police in May 1967.
His first arrest was for a drunken man in the resort.
He met his sweetheart Carol in Lytham and they wed in 1972.
He later became the custody sergeant in the grim concrete tower block that was Preston’s old police station on Lawson Street.
He was promoted to the rank in 1985 but broke his neck in a police car accident in November 1991, as he and a colleague chased a stolen car.
He was officially retired from the police force in 1993.
Ed enrolled on a law degree at UCLan in Preston - the city where he would eventually end up working as a prosecutor.
After graduating in 1997, he went onto bar school in London and was called to the bar on October 8, 1998.
He worked in private chambers in Wolverhampton and then moved back home and worked for the Crown Prosecution Service in Preston, becoming a popular character in the county’s magistrates courts.
Ed moved to Cornwall when he retired.
He passed away in Treliske Hospital due to complications from fatty liver disease.
He is survived by Carol, daughter Collette, son-in-law Jason, grandson Liam, 17, and grand-daugher Poppy, 12.
Collette said: “He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and brother.
“He will leave a massive hole in our lives.”
She added: “He was very proud of his Lancashire roots and went to Lancashire Day every year although he couldn’t make it this year as he was ill.
“His grandson starts university this year and I have also just been accepted to university. It is sad that he won’t get to see this, especially as he too was a late bloomer to the education system.”
Ed’s sister, her husband, son and daughter still live in Atherton.