‘Selfless’ dad with pregnant wife dies suddenly while on holiday with teen son

‘Selfless’ dad with pregnant wife dies suddenly while on holiday with teen son

Tributes have been paid to a Greater Manchester Police officer who died suddenly while on holiday in Scotland with his 13-year-old son.

PC Shazad Saddique, 38, whose wife is currently pregnant with their fourth child, passed away yesterday on a trip to the Isle of Skye with his son.

Shazad's family said he was in Scotland as part of a spiritual retreat. The pair were visiting the Fairy Pools, a popular tourist attraction leading down from the Cullin Mountain Range.   

Police Scotland confirmed there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances relating to his death.

Shazad joined GMP 12 months ago and was based on the Tameside District as a student officer. GMP said he enjoyed serving his local community and was close to his colleagues, who have described him as an outstanding individual and role model.

He enjoyed hiking and trekking, and was heavily involved in outreach work with young people in the local community focused on letting youngsters experience outdoor activities in the countryside.

A statement from his family said: "Shaz was the most selfless person you could ever hope to meet. He always put other people first and wanted to make every new experience a fun one.

"He had a real passion for the outdoors and helping others, particularly young people in the community. Deep in his heart, he felt very strongly about youth outreach programs and getting young people out in the countryside to do fun activities.

"He was sincere in his devotion and worship. He was passionate about Thikr gatherings and was devoted to the teachings and guidance of his Shaykh Muhammad al-Yaqoobi. He loved nature for the very fact that it was a means for him to remember and praise his lord.

"His final trip to the Isle of Skye was sincerely to gather a group and collectively praise Allah, as a spiritual retreat.

"He achieved so much and we were always so proud of him. He completed marathons all over the world and did hiking challenges throughout the UK, all in the name of raising money for charity.

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