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Honouring and Remembering British Police Officers who Lost their Lives in the Line of Duty

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Women Police Officers

who Lost their Lives in the Line of Duty


LEST WE FORGET


Bertha Gleghorn

Bertha Massey Gleghorn

 Woman Police Constable

Metropolitan Police

Died 19 June 1944, aged 33

Met Hat Badge

Fatally injured in an explosion, while on duty during an enemy air attack, when Tottenham Court Road Police Station was struck by a flying bomb.


 Catherine Godfrey

Catherine Phyllis Godfrey

 

Police Woman

Leicestershire Constabulary

Died 3 May 1947, aged 31

Leics Badge

While cycling to Hinckley Police Station in a severe gale late at night on 23 April, having been recalled to duty to deal with a violent female prisoner, she collided with a fallen tree and sustained fatal injuries.


Myra Waller

Myra Waller

 

Police Woman

Lancashire Constabulary

Died 20 June 1965, aged 24

LanCon Cap Badge

Fatally injured on 19 June, while attending an emergency call to the scene of a road accident, when her traffic patrol car was in collision with another car at Halton near Lancaster.


June Randell

June Randell

 

Police Woman

Hull City Police

Died 10 March 1966, aged 21

Hull City Badge

Killed in a road traffic accident while travelling to report for duty, when her lightweight motorcycle was in collision with an articulated lorry which turned across her path.


Rochdale badge

Carol A. Waddington

 Woman Police Constable

 Rochdale Borough Police

Died 21 December 1968, aged 19

Rochdale badge

Died from a fractured skull sustained when the car in which she was a passenger collided with a stationary lorry at Prestwich while returning to Rochdale from the police training college at Bruche.


Teeside Badge

Ann Lakey

 Woman Police Constable

Teesside Constabulary

Died 19 October 1970, aged 24

Teeside Badge

Died as a result of injuries received when the police patrol car in which she was an observer was involved in an accident while answering an emergency alarm call.


Lesley Beet

Lesley Anne Beet

 Police Cadet

Essex Constabulary

Died 13 March 1974, aged 18

Essex Badge

While with a supervised party of cadets canoeing on the River Chelmer, her canoe capsized and despite attempts to save her she was drowned.


Mildred Harrison

Mildred Ann Harrison

 Woman Reserve Constable

Royal Ulster Constabulary

Died 16 March 1975, aged 26

RUC Crest

While on foot patrol with a colleague in Bangor, Co. Down, they were passing licensed premises when a canister bomb, placed by terrorists on the window sill, exploded killing her almost immediately.


RUC Cap

Margaret Cherry Campbell

 Woman Reserve Constable

Royal Ulster Constabulary

Died 21 November 1975, aged 24

RUC Crest

Died from serious injuries received on 1 November while she was assisting other officers at the scene of a road traffic accident in Londonderry when they were struck by a speeding car.


Linda Baggley

Linda Emmeline Baggley

Woman Reserve Constable

Royal Ulster Constabulary

Died 2 June 1976, aged 19

RUC Crest

While on foot patrol duty with a colleague in Londonderry late at night on 23 May they were both shot at point blank range in a terrorist attack and she received gunshot wounds from which she later died.


Northumbria Badge

Shirley Moses

Woman Police Constable

Northumbria Police

Died 29 August 1976, aged 21

Northumbria Badge

While on mobile patrol in Sunderland the police car she was driving skidded and crashed through a fence, a section of which broke through the car windscreen and pierced her skull killing her instantly.


Elizabeth Burton

Elizabeth Burton

Woman Police Sergeant

West Yorkshire Metropolitan Police

Died 15 May 1978, aged 40

WPMP Badge

Lillian Sullivan

Lillian Sullivan

Woman Police Constable

West Yorkshire Metropolitan Police

Died 15 May 1978, aged 41

WPMP Badge

Killed in a road accident along with three male colleagues and 25 injured when the coach taking them to the Police Federation Conference at Blackpool suffered a brake failure and overturned near Wakefield.


Isabella Harris

Isabella Janet G. Harris

 Woman Police Constable

Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary

Died 7 November 1978, aged 27

Dumfries and Galloway Badge

Killed with two other officers and a Ministry of Transport Examiner, when their traffic patrol car collided with one lorry and was thrown into the path of another on the opposite carriageway of the A74 near Johnstonebridge.


Sharon Bury

Sharon Bury

Police Cadet

Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Died 8 February 1980, aged 16

Avon & Somerset Crest

While with a supervised party of Cadets during an adventure training exercise at Foreland Point, North Devon, she was swept off the rocks and despite attempts at rescue was washed out to sea and drowned.


RUC Cap

Joanne Margaret Best

Woman Constable

Royal Ulster Constabulary

Died 28 October 1980, aged 21

RUC Crest

While a member of a mobile patrol in the early hours, together with four colleagues she was fatally injured in a road traffic accident when their police landrover collided with a lorry in Belfast.


Martha Harkness

Martha Doreen Elizabeth Harkness

 Woman Constable

Royal Ulster Constabulary

Died 25 July 1981, aged 21

RUC Crest

While with other officers operating a vehicle checkpoint in the early hours near Magherafelt, Co. Londonderry she was struck and fatally injured by one of two vehicles which failed to stop at the checkpoint.


RUC Cap

Mabel Elizabeth Cheyne

 Woman Reserve Constable

Royal Ulster Constabulary

Died 23 April 1982, aged 29

RUC Crest

Fatally injured together with two colleagues when their police vehicle went out of control and struck a bridge wall while responding to an emergency call concerning an assault at a pub in Armagh City.


Mandy Rayner

Mandy Dawn Rayner

 Woman Police Constable

Hertfordshire Constabulary

Died 13 October 1982, aged 18

Herts Crest

Killed when the police patrol car, in which she was the observer and which was stationary waiting to assist colleagues, was deliberately rammed by the driver of a vehicle being pursued by police at Royston late at night.


Angela Bradley

Angela Bradley

Woman Police Constable

Lancashire Constabulary

Died 5 January 1983, aged 23

Lancs Crest

While working together with several other officers, attempting to rescue a drowning man from a very rough sea at Blackpool, she and two colleagues were swept away by the waves and all three and the man were drowned.


Jane Arbuthnott

Jane Philippa Arbuthnot

Woman Police Constable

Metropolitan Police

Died 17 December 1983, aged 22

Met Badge

While investigating a reported terrorist car bomb and evacuating the area outside Harrods store in Knightsbridge, the device exploded and she was killed together with a Sergeant and an Inspector who died later.


Thames Valley Badge

Joanne Mary Cochran

Woman Police Constable

Thames Valley Police

Died 30 March 1984, aged 20

Thames Valley Badge

Fatally injured while she was the observer in a patrol car when her driver swerved to avoid an obstruction in the road and the vehicle overturned during an early morning vehicle pursuit at Oxford.


Yvonne Fletcher

Yvonne Joyce Fletcher

 Woman Police Constable

Metropolitan Police

Died 17 April 1984, aged 25

Met Badge

Whilst policing a political demonstration outside a foreign embassy in St. James's Square, she was shot in the back and fatally wounded when automatic weapons were fired at the crowd from inside the embassy building.


Ivy Kelly

Ivy Winifred Kelly

Woman Detective Constable

Royal Ulster Constabulary

Died 28 February 1985, aged 29

RUC Crest

Rosemary McGookin

Rosemary Elizabeth McGookin

Woman Constable

Royal Ulster Constabulary

Died 28 February 1985, aged 27

RUC Crest

Killed together with seven other officers by the explosion of a mortar bomb when Newry RUC Station came under heavy mortar attack by terrorists and the canteen was destroyed by a direct hit.


Tracy Doak

Tracy Ellen Doak

Woman Constable

Royal Ulster Constabulary

Died 20 May 1985, aged 21

RUC Crest

Killed together with three colleagues in their police patrol car by the explosion of a terrorist bomb placed in a trailer near the road where they were escorting a security vehicle at Killeen, Newry.


Deborah Leat

Deborah Leat

Woman Police Constable

Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Died 27 November 1986, aged 20

Avon & Somerset Crest

Killed when her police patrol car went out of control on a bend and crashed into a tree while pursuing a vehicle which had failed to stop in the early hours at Speedwell.


Jacqueline Brown

Jacqueline Ann Brown

Woman Police Constable

Hertfordshire Constabulary

Died 6 June 1989, aged 23

Herts Crest

Died from serious injuries sustained in the early hours when she lost control of her patrol car which crashed on a bend in wet weather while driving a prisoner and escort at Harpenden.


Jo-Ann Jennings

Jo-Ann Jennings

Woman Police Constable

Essex Police

Died 12 November 1989, aged 23

Essex Badge

Fatally injured when the police patrol car in which she was the observer left the road and collided with a tree near Brentwood while responding to disturbances during the early hours.


Colleen McMurray

Colleen Linda McMurray

Constable

Royal Ulster Constabulary

Died 28 March 1992, aged 34

RUC Crest

While on mobile patrol late at night in Newry, Co Down,  a horizontally fired mortar bomb struck her police vehicle and she received injuries from which she died the following day.


Gina Rutherford

Gina Corin Rutherford

Woman Police Constable

South Yorkshire Police

Died 7 February 1994, aged 25

South Yorks Crest

Drowned when the patrol car in which she was observer in the early hours skidded off an icy road and plunged upside down into the river at Wath upon Dearne near Barnsley trapping her inside.


Gail Pirnie

Gail Doreen Pirnie

 Police Constable

Metropolitan Police

Died 26 October 1994, aged 42

Met Badge

Collapsed and died from heart failure, having just completed an exercise,  while undergoing a Baton Training course at the Peel Centre, Hendon.


Sandra Edwards

Sandra Jane Edwards

 Woman Police Constable

South Yorkshire Police

Died 10 May 1995, aged 28

South Yorks Crest

Died from injuries received in the early hours of 8 May, when her traffic patrol car left the road and hit a wall, during the high speed pursuit of a suspected stolen car at Cudworth near Barnsley.


Strathclde Crest

Melanie Igoe

 Police Constable

Strathclyde Police

Died 30 May 1995, aged 28

Strathclde Crest

Killed in a road accident, while undergoing instruction on a standard traffic motorcycle training course, when she lost control of her machine on a bend.


Philipa Parish

Philippa Jane Parish

Woman Police Constable

Hampshire Constabulary

Died 13 March 1996, aged 29

Hampshire Crest

Fatally injured, while observer in a police area car responding to an alarm call in the early hours,  when the driver lost control of the vehicle avoiding an object in the road and collided with a brick wall at Winchester.


Vanessa Carroll

Vanessa Rosemary Carroll

Inspector

West Midlands Police

Died 28 April 1996, aged 35

West Mids Crest

Fatally injured in a road traffic accident when she was forced to swerve to avoid an oncoming car and was thrown from her vehicle, while serving with the British Police Contingent in Bosnia.


Nina Mackay

Nina Alexandra MacKay

Police Constable

Metropolitan Police

Died 24 October 1997, aged 25

Met Badge

As a member of a Territorial Support Group she forced entry to a dwelling flat at Stratford, in order to arrest a violent and deranged wanted man, whereupon she was stabbed in the chest and fatally wounded.


Strathclde Crest

Jacqueline Ann Haswell

Police Constable

Strathclyde Police

Died 7 August 2000, aged 30

Strathclde Crest

Killed in a road traffic accident while travelling to work from her home in Stewarton.


Alison Armitage

Alison Armitage

 Police Constable

Greater Manchester Police

Died 5 March 2001, aged 29

GMP Badge

While on plain clothes duty keeping observation on a stolen car in Oldham, a suspect returned to the vehicle and, in attempting to stop him driving away she went to the rear of the car, which reversed and knocked her down then ran over her causing multiple injuries from which she later died.


Sarah Minskip

Sarah Jane Minskip

Police Constable

Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Died 4 February 2004, aged 26

Avon & Somerset Crest

The officer finished an extended tour of night duty, after dealing with a prisoner at Taunton, and was travelling home, when her motorcycle was in collision with a vehicle at Ashill and she sustained fatal head injuries.


Cate Sutcliffe

Catherine Margaret Sutcliffe

 

Police Constable

Lancashire Constabulary

Died 20 August 2004, aged 34

Lancs Crest

Collapsed on 8th August while attending a routine incident on duty and was hospitalised until her subsequent death from a cerebral haemorrhage.


Cheryl Lloyd

Cheryl Rosemarie Lloyd

 

Police Constable

Suffolk Constabulary

Died 18 June 2005, aged 42

Suffolk Badge

Killed when the patrol car she was driving collided with a stationary lorry while she was attending an urgent call at Ipswich.


Siobhan McCann

Siobhan Mary Majella McCann

Constable

Police Service of Northern Ireland

Died 10 July 2005, aged 41

PSNI Badge

Fatally injured whilst driving in a convoy of armoured police Land Rovers en route to a public order operation when her vehicle went out of control and crashed on the road between Moneymore and Desertmartin, Co. Londonderry.


Sharon Beshenivsky

Sharon Beshenivsky

Police Constable

West Yorkshire Police

Died 18 November 2005, aged 38

West Yorks Badge

While responding with a colleague to a personal attack alarm at a travel agency in Bradford, the officers were confronted by three armed robbers leaving the premises, shots were fired and she was hit in the chest and killed and her colleague injured.


Karen Balfour

Karen Balfour

Police Constable
Lothian and Borders
Police
Died 5 January 2006, aged 37

Force Crest

Killed in a road traffic accident while travelling to report for duty at Duns when her car was in collision with a van near Greenlaw in the Scottish Borders.


Deborah Harman-Burton

Deborah Adele
Harman-Burton


Police Constable
West Midlands
Police
Died 24 March 2006, aged 28

West Mids Crest

Killed in a road accident, whilst travelling home from night duty with another officer, when the car in which she was a passenger was involved in a collision near Kenilworth.


Stacey Victoria Pyke

Police Constable
Lincolnshire Police
Died 15 January 2007, aged 20

Lincolnshire Police

Killed in a car crash when her vehicle was in collision with a car near Market Deeping whilst she was driving home after her first full night duty at Spalding.


Kirsty Allan

Kirsty Allan

Police Constable
Fife Constabulary
Died 2 March 2007, aged 24

Fife Crest

Killed in a road traffic accident while travelling to report for duty at Oakley when her car lost control on an icy road and overturned near Dunfermline.


Katie Mitchell

Katie Louise Mitchell

Police Constable
Kent Police
Died 3 October 2007, aged 39

Killed in a motorcycle accident while travelling to report for day duty at Tonbridge when she lost control of her machine and was then struck by a car at Goudhurst.


Dee Weatherley

Dee Marie Weatherley

Detective Constable

Thames Valley Police

Died 13 December 2008, aged 31

Thames Valley Badge

Killed in a road traffic collision while travelling to report for duty at Aylesbury, in the early morning, when her car was struck by another vehicle, which crossed the carriageway travelling in the opposite direction at Hoggeston.


Diane Donald

Diane Christine Donald

Detective Constable
Strathclyde Police
Died 21 January 2009, aged 40

Killed in a road traffic accident while travelling to report for duty in the early morning when her car left the carriageway of the M8 motorway in icy road conditions and struck a tree near Glasgow Airport.


Laura Williams

Laura Ruth Williams

Police Constable
Metropolitan Police
Died 19 February 2009, aged 41

Metropolitan Police Crest

Collapsed and fell unconscious while on duty at Greenwich Park Police Station, she was taken to hospital but died in the early hours of the following day, having suffered a brain haemorrhage.


Karen Paterson

Karen Lynn Paterson

 Police Constable

Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Died 6 January 2012, aged 44

Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Died when her car was in collision with another vehicle in the early morning at Langtoft, Linclonshire, whilst returning home from night duty at Peterborough.


Fiona Bone

 

Nicola Hughes

Fiona Bone

 Police Constable

Greater Manchester Police

Died 18 September 2012, aged 32

 

 

 

Nicola Hughes

Police Constable

Greater Manchester Police

Died 18 September 2012, aged 23

Greater Manchester Police

 

Greater Manchester Police

The two officers responded to a routine incident of a reported burglary during the late morning at Mottram; on arrival they were attacked, without warning, by a man armed with a firearm and a grenade, which he discharged and both officers were shot and fatally wounded, with Constable Bone dying at the scene and Constable Hughes a short time later in hospital.


Adele Cashman

Adele Cashman

Detective Constable
Metropolitan Police
Died 5 November 2012, aged 30

Metropolitan Police Crest

After responding with other Crime Squad officers to assist uniform patrols chasing suspected thieves in Belsize Park, North London, and whilst pursuing a suspect on foot she collapsed and died soon afterwards.


Constable Philippa Reynolds

Philippa Reynolds

Constable
Police Service of Northern Ireland
Died 9 February 2013, aged 27

Police Service of Northern Ireland

Killed in a road collision while on routine patrol in Londonderry during the early hours when the unmarked police car in which she was a passenger was struck by a stolen vehicle; two other officers in the police car were injured.


Constable Kirsty Nelis

Kirsty Nelis

Constable
Police Scotland
Died 29 November 2013, aged 36

Police Scotland

Killed together with another constable, their civilian pilot, and six persons on the ground, when their Police Air Support Unit helicopter crashed through the roof of a public house late at night in Glasgow.


Sharon Garrett

Sharon Garrett

Detective Constable
Cambridgeshire Constabulary
Died 6 June 2014, aged 48

Cambridgeshire badge

Killed whilst returning home from duty when her car was one of five vehicles involved in a road traffic collision on the A141 at Whyton.


LEST WE FORGET


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