THE Duke and Duchess of Cambridge paid tribute to a gunman killed at a Croydon police station.
Prince William laid a bouquet of flowers on a bench made in memory of Sergeant Matt Ratana, who was killed on duty last year.
Goring’s 54-year-old rugby coach died from a gunshot wound to the chest.
Police arrested Louis De Zoysa, who was also shot in the neck.
The 23-year-old was reported to be “seriously ill” in hospital with Covid-19, while he remained in police custody.
The Duke met several of Sergeant Ratana’s colleagues to convey his condolences and hear some of their memories of working with him.
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“At the Croydon Detention Center, the Duke met several of Sergeant Ratana’s colleagues to convey his condolences and hear some of their memories of working with him.
“Sergeant Ratana worked in the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) for almost 30 years, after joining the Met Police in 1991.
“The MPS supports the mental health of its staff through initiatives such as Operation Hampshire, which helps those who have been injured or assaulted on the job.
“Their mental health network works to break down the stigma of mental health, supporting and directing agents and staff to internal and external support, including a volunteer peer support service run by its support team. 1,200 Blue Light champions trained.
With today’s visit taking place during #Mental Health Awareness Week, the Duke also met up with Dexter, the Met’s first Police Welfare and Welfare Assistance Dog, who helps officers deal with stressful and traumatic incidents they encounter in the line of duty. ”
The 54-year-old’s memorial in a Shoreham chapel in November was attended in person this morning by a limited number of family, friends and close colleagues due to coronavirus restrictions.
But the event was broadcast live around the world so loved ones, including Sergeant Ratana’s family in his native New Zealand as well as the UK, could join the service.
His coffin was covered with the Met’s ceremonial sheet, which is used for a death on duty, with his police cap placed on top.
A tribute from her partner Su Bushby was read on her behalf by friend Lorraine Dray.
She said, “Matt made the most of every minute of his precious 54 years. No matter what situation or room he entered, his presence would always be felt. Like a big ball of energy.
“You were taken far too early, but your gym, rugby and police family will help your legacy, your kindness and your spirit to live on.
“You have touched the lives of so many people and we will be truly missed. My life has been richer and more fun to know you and I feel blessed that you have been in my life.
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This notice was published: 2021-05-12 13:57:00