Met remembers colleagues murdered on duty 50 years ago

Posted on August 13, 2016 | Category :Uncategorized | Comments Off

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SERVING and retired police officers joined the families and friends of three police officers who were murdered on duty – to commemorate 50 years since the tragic event.

They were remembering Detective Sergeant Christopher Head, 30; Detective Constable David Wombwell, 25; and, PC Geoffrey Fox, 41, who were shot dead in Braybrook Street in Shepherd’s Bush on 12 August 1966.

At around 3pm – almost 50 years to the moment the officers were killed – a short service was held followed by the laying of wreaths by family members and police service representatives.

Ken Marsh, Chairman of the Met Police Federation, said: “Time may pass but we will never forget the sacrifices these officers made on behalf of the people of London. It shows the all too true reality that police officers can go to work and sadly not return home. The heroic actions of our brave colleagues could not be in more of a contrast to the cowardly criminals who took their lives. We will never forget.”

Ch Supt Gideon Springer, Borough commander for Hammersmith and Fulham, said: “It is only right and proper that we gather together on this day to remember Detective Sergeant Christopher Head, Temporary Detective Constable David Wombwell, and Police Constable Geoffrey Fox, and the ultimate sacrifice that they made in protecting the people of London. They are gone but never forgotten.”

Mr Mackey added: “Today’s commemoration of the tragic events from 50 years ago serves as a reminder to us all of the grave dangers police officers face as they go about serving the public. Today we stand with the families of the three officers, and join them in remembering and honouring them for their duty. The Metropolitan Police Service will never forget the sacrifice they made.”

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