Memorial service held for two Newham officers killed in 1961

Police in Newham hold memorial service for two officers killed in 1961

Police in Newham hold memorial service for two officers killed in 1961 - Credit: Archant

Newham police held a memorial service in honour of two officers who were fatally shot while on duty more than fifty years ago.

Inspector Philip Pawsey and Police Sergeant Frederick George Hutchins were killed whilst tacking an armed man in 1961.

Superintendent Ian Larnder joined police officers, family and friends, at Stratford Police Station on June 3 to mark the 54th anniversary of their deaths.

The two officers were shot by a man called John Hall, who had handed himself in at West Ham Police Station, after attacking his wife, step-sister, and mother.

However, Hall escaped from the station and Sergeant Hutchins was shot during a struggle with him after he was tracked down in nearby Tennyson Road. Another officer was wounded.

However, Hall managed to escape again, but he was tracked down by Inspector Pawsey, who was driving to the police station when he heard the radio message warning about the attacker.

The officer was shot dead during an attempted arrest in Tennyson Road. Hall also fired at another officer who managed to avoid injury.

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Hall escaped and later that evening called a national newspaper. He was kept talking while the call was traced to a telephone box in Wanstead. He later shot himself after being surrounded by police.

The ceremony last week opened with a tribute to both officers. Guests also listened to the events of the fatal day beside the plaque commemorating their loss.

Both officers were posthumously awarded HM the Queen’s Police Medal for gallantry during the incident.

Superintendent Ian Larnder said: “It is important we continue to remember the ultimate sacrifice some of our colleagues before us have made.

“To hear how the day unfolded and the consequences of what happened is a reminder of the dangers that police officers face and the resulting impact on families, friends, colleagues and communities.

“It was our honour and privilege to have Sergeant Hutchins daughter at the ceremony.”

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