Memorial for police officers lost during war to be rededicated

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Police are to pay tribute to officers lost during the Second World War.

A war memorial plaque in memory of police officers from Tynemouth Constabulary who were lost during the war will be unveiled in a special rededication evening today (Thursday).

The plaque was commissioned at the end of the war and lists the names of police officers and staff killed during battle from the Tynemouth Constabulary area.

The restored plaque, which was once displayed at Upper Pearson Street Police Station, North Shields, will now be on display to the public at Middle Engine Police Station, Wallsend.

Superintendent Peter Bent said: “We are immensely proud of our colleagues who served during WW2 and are delighted to have the plaque unveiled at Middle Engine Station.

“To mark the arrival of the plaque we will be hosting a rededication service as we pay respect to the officers who were served this area of North Tyneside and who were sadly lost in battle.

“We will be joined by our Volunteer Police Cadets during the service who will read aloud the name of each officer lost and tell their story.

“We are proud to have such an important part of history on display here in Wallsend.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird said: “At this time of remembrance it’s important we pay tribute to the police officers who made an enormous sacrifice during WW2.

“Unveiling this plaque at Middle Engine Lane police station is a fitting tribute and will be a permanent reminder of those who lost their lives during this and other conflicts.”

The evening of remembrance will take place between 6pm and 7pm.