Friday 20th January 2023,
North Edinburgh Community News

Former local community police officer Iain ‘Stan’ Matthews dies aged 61

Former local community police officer Iain ‘Stan’ Matthews passed away last week at the age of 61.

Stan worked in the community for his entire thirty years of service and he was well known for his work in schools and community groups and for being the friendly face of the local police.

Stan and a colleague in August 1988. (Picture: Muirhouse Living Memories)
Stan with his son, Daniel.

He retired from the force around 15 years ago after completing his full service. Stan was the type of copper who knew everyone and everyone knew him, more importantly, local people trusted him.

He had a special nose for sniffing out a cup of tea and a biscuit at various local shops and community centres across the area and was always happy to chat with local people and help them with any issues or concerns they had.

Today his son, Daniel, said: “We would like to thank everyone for their kind words of support.

“My dad loved his role as the community police officer and had some of the best times of his life.”

Stan was also a big Hibs fan and sadly died before his side’s game against Dundee Utd last week.

Hibs have urged all supporters at Sunday’s Edinburgh derby to join a minute’s applause in his memory in the 61st minute.

Daniel will join members of the Hibs board in the directors box for the match.

A Hibs statement said “Beloved father, brother and uncle and lifelong Hibee, gone but never forgotten. RIP Iain Matthews.”

Rest easy, Stan.

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