Remembering fallen hero Insp Ray Codling – 25 years on

Posted on September 12, 2014 | Category :Uncategorized | Comments Off

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POLICE officers from Greater Manchester Police have held a memorial service to mark 25 years since the murder of Insp Ray Codling.

The service was held on 11 September at the monument erected in Insp Codling’s honour at the Westbound Birch Services on the M62 motorway. Ray’s widow Linda Codling said: “I’m very proud that the sacrifice he made trying to keep other people safe is being recognised and paid tribute to because he deserves it.”

She added: “Ray loved his job as a police officer and his death was a huge shock that left our family absolutely devastated.”

On 14 September 1989, Insp Codling was undertaking routine patrol duty at the Birch Services when he was shot and killed by convicted armed robber Anthony Hughes.

Ch Supt Chris Sykes said: “Ray’s death was a tragic loss which highlights the dangers that police officers face every day whilst doing their job.

“Ray was an excellent police officer and that day will forever be remembered as a day when Greater Manchester Police lost one its most beloved family members.”

John Bamford, Secretary of the Rochdale branch of NARPO, said: “Ray was a fantastic officer and he is fondly remembered by the members of our association that served alongside him.

“His loss was one that was strongly felt throughout Greater Manchester and this memorial service is the least we could do. As an organisation we will continue to provide support for families who have experienced this kind of loss.

“I would also like to say a big thank you to Birch Services who have been very supportive of this service from the start.”

The service was organised by Greater Manchester Police’s Rochdale Division, the Rochdale Branch of the National Association of Retired Police Officers (NARPO) and the Codling family and was attended by dignitaries, GMP officers and members of the local community.

Linda said: “I’m extremely grateful to everybody who came out to pay their respects. Thank you.”



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