Fallen police officer Pc Nina Mackay remembered 20 years on
PUBLISHED: 17:27 24 October 2017 | UPDATED: 14:01 26 October 2017
Tributes have been paid to a police officer killed in the line of duty 20 years ago today.
c Nina Mackay, who served in the Territorial Support Group, was stabbed in the abdomen as she and other officers went to arrest a wanted man in Arthingworth Street on October 24, 1997. She later died of her injuries.
Recorder reports from the time saw her described as a “vibrant, lovely girl who was admired by all her colleagues ” by the Commissioner at the time, Sir Paul Condon.
She had followed her father, a former Metropolitan Police chief superintendent, into the force and was serving with the Territorial Support Group.
On Tuesday, the anniversary of her death, a short service was held in the Stratford street to remember the 25-year-old.
It was led by senior police chaplain Jonathon Osbourne and was attended by Pc Mackay’s family and friends, Newham Borough Commander Ade Adelekan, mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales, councillors and Nick Bracken, the council’s chief operating officer and former Met commander.
Wreaths and floral tributes to the fallen officer were laid at a memorial bearing Pc Mackay’s name that was erected outside the block of flats where she was stabbed.
Chief Supt Adelekan said: “Pc Nina Mackay made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. This service serves as a reminder of the bravery and commitment she showed to serving the residents of Newham and London.”
Sir Robin added: “Px Mackay died as she went about her daily duties 20 years ago. Her dedication and bravery was remembered this week by her family, friends and colleagues.
“Police officers often find themselves in dangerous situations, directly in harms way, as they protect our residents. We thank all police officers for the bravery they show every day.”
A road close to the scene has been named Nina Mackay Close in tribute to the brave police officer and the Metropolitan Police memorial garden in Hendon is home to a Valiant Heart rose named after her.
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