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 Thames Valley Badge

Adrian Mark Baker

Police Constable

Thames Valley Police

Died 10 April 2000, aged 34

PC Baker

Killed in a road accident while taking part in a refresher driving course near Cuddington, when the stationary police car, in which he was a rear seat passenger, was struck from behind by a 17 tonne lorry and thrown 35 yards into a ditch.

The driver of the lorry was A 23 year old man was convicted of driving without due care and attention, fined and disqualified from driving for two years.

Adi had 8 years service and was stationed at Aylesbury.

He was a divorced man and was survived by his parents, his brother and sisters.

Avon and Somerset badge

Darren Wayne Riley

Police Constable

Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Died 23 May 2000, aged 25

Avon and Somerset badge

Killed in a road accident when his car went out of control and struck a tree while travelling to report for duty at Frome Police Station.

 South Wales Badge

Garry Wozencroft

Police Constable

South Wales Police

Died 30 June 2000, aged 35

PC Wozencroft

Died from multiple injuries sustained, while pursuing a suspect vehicle, which had driven through a red traffic light late at night, when both the suspect vehicle and his police patrol car overturned on a bend at Bryn near Port Talbot.

Two 17 year old youths were arrested and reported for dangerous driving and other motoring offences.

Gary had been a Special Constable in Neath before joining the Metropolitan Police, where he served for 10 years, receiving a commendation for finding a terrorist bomb; he transferred to South Wales in October 1999 based at Maesteg Police Station.

He was survived by his wifeand 18 month old daughter.

 RUC Crest

William Norman Thompson

Reserve Constable (Full Time)

Royal Ulster Constabulary GC

Died 19 August 2000, aged 39

Reserve Constable Thompson

After police had followed a car in suspicious circumstances in the early hours, he attempted to stop the vehicle in West Belfast but the suspect failed to stop and the car struck the officer who was fatally injured.

In 2002 a man was convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment;
in 2004 this was reduced to manslaughter and 12 years imprisonment.

 Norman had 18 years service with the force and was stationed at Andersontown.

He was survived by his wife and two children.

His name is recorded on the Roll of Honour at the National Police Memorial in London.

 RUC Crest

Robert Samuel Taylor


Royal Ulster Constabulary GC

Died 18 September 2000, aged 30

RUC Crest

Fatally injured in a road traffic accident while on duty in Co. Antrim.

 Robert had joined the force in October 1998 and was stationed at Ballymena.

He was survived by his wife and two daughters.

 RUC Crest

Mervyn McNeill

Reserve Constable (Full Time)

Royal Ulster Constabulary GC

Died 23 October 2000, aged 49

Mervyn McNeill

The officer became ill while on duty and when driving himself to hospital he collapsed and died of heart failure in Coleraine, Co. Londonderry.

 Mervyn had 24 years police service and was stationed at Portstewart.

He was survived by his wife and three sons.

 Kent Badge

Jon Odell

Police Constable

Kent County Constabulary

Died 19 December 2000, age 30

PC Odell

While engaged in road traffic checks at Margate just after midnight, wearing reflective clothing and carrying a speed camera, he attempted to stop a speeding vehicle; the driver ignored his signal and the car struck the officer about 50mph causing massive internal injuries, which proved to be fatal.

A 24 year old man was charged with murder but convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 9 years imprisonment and 15 years disqualification.

Jon had 5 years service and was stationed with the Thanet Police Traffic Unit at Margate.

He was survived by his partner and her 13 year old son.

His name is recorded on the Roll of Honour at the National Police Memorial in London and a memorial stone was erected at the scene by the Police Memorial Trust.
A memorial garden and stone were constructed at his station at Margate.


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