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



Honouring Police Officers who
have been killed, or died as a result
of injuries received, in consequence
of the execution of their duty.

Book of Remembrance


Remembering Police Officers who
have otherwise died, on or in
connection with their duty, or
whilst serving overseas.


Adele Cashman

Adele Yvette 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.

Adele had joined the police in 2006, working as a uniform PC in Wandsworth Borough before transferring in 2010 to CID duties at Camden Borough, where she was based on the Crime Squad at Kentish Town Police Station.

She is survived by her parents, three brothers and sister.

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 badge

Greater Manchester Police badge

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.

The suspect, a man already wanted for two murders, later surrendered to police and has been charged with four murders.

Both officers served in the Tameside Division of  Greater Manchester Police, which Fiona had joined in 2007 and had 5 years service, and Nicola in 2009 with 3 years service.

Fiona is survived by her parents and sister and by
her partner and her daughter with whom she lived.

Nicola is survived by her father and by her mother
and younger brother with whom she lived.

A Memorial Garden was dedicated to their memory at Hyde Police Station and their names recorded on the Roll of Honour at the National Police Memorial in London.

Ian Dibell

Ian Andrew Dibell

Police Constable

Essex Police

Died 9 July 2012, aged 41

Essex Police

Constable Dibell left his home in Clacton-on-Sea during the afternoon when, despite being  off duty, he intervened in a firearms incident where a gunman was chasing and shooting at people in the street; he confronted the gunman who was in a car and whilst attempting to disarm the man he was shot dead.

The suspect was found dead the next day apparently having shot himself.

Ian was appointed to Essex Police in 2001, working on both Neighbourhood and Response teams, including Acting Sergeant duties, at Colchester and Clacton
where he was a member of the Neighbourhood Policing Team.

He is survived by his son and daughter, his parents and three brothers, and his
partner and her two sons. Two brothers and his partner also work for Essex Police.

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

Posthumously awarded the George Medal for Gallantry.

David Rathband

David John Rathband

Police Constable

Northumbria Police

Died 29 February 2012, aged 44

Cambridgeshire Police

Found dead in his home at Blyth having suffered continuing physical and mental trauma since being blinded on 4 July 2010 when he was attacked by a murderer and shot twice with a shotgun in the face and body as he sat in his patrol car.

The gunman had later shot himself dead when trapped by armed police.

David a former Special Constable had joined the force in 2000 and was working as a Roads Policing Officer at the time of the shooting. Following his injuries he formed a charity to help other emergency service workers criminally injured on duty.

He is survived by his wife, son aged 20 and daughter aged 13,
his twin brother and younger sister.

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


Tony Sweeney

Anthony Peter Sweeney QPM

Police Constable

West Yorkshire Police

Died 27 December 2012, aged 58

West Yorkshire Police

After feeling unwell whilst on duty at Leeds the officer suddenly became ill while returning home to Harrogate and stopped his car when he collapsed and died.

Tony had served 23 years in the Army reaching the rank of Warrant Officer prior to his 19 years police service during which he was Community Constable of the Year for 2000 and in 2001 was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for services to the community.

He is survived by his wife, his son and daughter and two grandchildren.

Scott Bennett

Scott Ashley Bennett

Special Constable

Lincolnshire Police

Died 3 November 2012, aged 24

Linclonshire Police

Died when his car was involved in a collision with a lorry at Welton in the morning while on his way to a personal safety training course at force HQ.

Scott had joined the Special Constabulary on 3 November 2011 and was stationed at Louth, he had recently received a Special Chief Officer's Commendation for good work.

He is survived by his parents, his older brother and his girlfriend.

Preston Gurr

Preston John Gurr


Metropolitan Police

Died 28 April 2012, aged 53

Metropolitan Police Crest

Died in an early morning road accident when his motorcycle was in collision with a car at Mitcham whilst returning home after night duty at Westminster.

Preston had over 30 years service and worked on uniform response at
West End Central Police Station in Westminster Borough.

He is survived by his wife and their son and daughter.

Karen Paterson

Karen Lynn Paterson

Detective Constable

Cambridgeshire Constabulary

Died 6 January 2012, aged 43

Cambridgeshire Police

Died when her car was in collision with another vehicle in the early morning at Langtoft, Lincolnshire, whilst travelling to report for duty at Peterborough.

Karen joined Surrey Police in 1987 and transfered to Cambridgeshire in 1997; she was based at Thorpe Wood police station in Peterborough and also worked out of Bridge Street police station as a schools liaison officer.

She was survived by her husband and two sons and her parents.

Andrew Stokes

Andrew James Stokes

Detective Constable

Greater Manchester Police

Died 3 January 2012, aged 46

Greater Manchester Police badge

Collapsed and died from heart failure while on duty.

Andy joined Merseyside Police in 1988 before transferring to Greater Manchester; commended several times he worked on CID and with the Regional Crime Squad before his latest post as a surveillance officer with the North west Counter Terrorism Unit.

He is survived by his wife and two children.


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