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Officers mark sixth anniversary of Pc Gary Toms' death

PUBLISHED: 16:46 20 April 2015 | UPDATED: 16:46 20 April 2015

Supt Simon Dobinson from the Met's Firearms Command, Borough Commander Tony Nash, Sir Robin Wales  and Pc Justin Wiseman from the Territorial Support Group (picture: Paul Boyling)

Supt Simon Dobinson from the Met's Firearms Command, Borough Commander Tony Nash, Sir Robin Wales and Pc Justin Wiseman from the Territorial Support Group (picture: Paul Boyling)

Paul Boyling

Police officers have marked the sixth anniversary of the death of a colleague who suffered a fatal head injury in the line of duty.

Pc Gary Toms, who died from a head injury sustained while pursuing a suspectPc Gary Toms, who died from a head injury sustained while pursuing a suspect

On April 11, 2009, Pc Gary Toms and a colleague were in a marked police car in Ashlin Road, Stratford, when they started to follow a car reported to be used in a burglary.

During the pursuit, the driver rammed a number of police vehicles in a bid to escape capture and it was while trying to stop the car that Pc Toms sustained a head injury.

The 37-year-old, who had served with the Metropolitan Police for seven years, died six days later in hospital.

Friday’s ceremony took place at the memorial stone to Pc Toms and was attended by officers from firearm command and the territorial support group.

The Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales, was also present. He said it was “tragic when a member of the police service loses their life in the line of duty.”

He added: “PC Toms was a dedicated officer who was courageously carrying out his duty when he was fatally injured.

“Our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this time.”

Borough Commander Tony Nash read a eulogy, explaining that “Gary is fondly remembered by all of his colleagues.”

He talked of Pc Toms as a loyal man with a great sense of humour who was dedicated to his family and to his job.

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