Service remembers police officer killed in Stratford

Borough Commander Tony Nash was among the police officers and council officials paying tribute to Pc

Borough Commander Tony Nash was among the police officers and council officials paying tribute to Pc Nina Mackay - Credit: Archant

Police officers have paid tribute to a colleague who was fatally stabbed on duty 18 years ago.

Pc Nina Mackay was attacked as she and others from the Metropolitan Police’s Territorial Support Group went to arrest a wanted man at a flat in Arthingworth Street on October 24, 1997.

On Saturday, a service was held in the Stratford street to remember the 25-year-old.

Newham’s Borough Commander Tony Nash, the Mayor of Newham, Sir Robin Wales and Nick Bracken, director of enforcement and safety placed tributes at the memorial erected at the housing association block where she was stabbed.

Borough Commander Nash said: “The murder of any police officer can not, and will not, be forgotten.

“Every day officers, not only in Newham or London, but across the UK put their personal safety at risk to protect the public.

“Nina did this throughout her service and made the ultimate sacrifice 18 years ago.”

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Sir Robin added: “Police officers risk their lives every day to protect us and unfortunately some end up paying the ultimate price to ensure our safety.

“We must never forget their bravery and commitment.”

A road close to the scene has been named Nina Mackay Close in her memory, and she is also remembered in the police memorial garden in Hendon.

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