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Service remembers fallen police officers

The Prince of Wales meets Nicola McDonald (left) the sister of Constable Phillipa Reynolds, during the National Police Memorial Day.

The Prince of Wales meets Nicola McDonald (left) the sister of Constable Phillipa Reynolds, during the National Police Memorial Day.

Stormont’s justice minister has paid tribute to RUC and PSNI officers killed on duty.

David Ford was at a service for fallen officers in Cardiff in Wales yesterday.

The Prince of Wales led the congregation at St David’s Hall to mark National Police Memorial Day. Charles, patron of the event, attended the 10th annual service and joined a reception for families and colleagues of officers.

Mr Ford paid tribute to PSNI officer Philippa Reynolds who died while on duty in Londonderry this year.

He said: “My thoughts and prayers are with all those in the policing family who have lost a loved one throughout the years.

“Most recently, we remember Philippa Reynolds who died in February in a dreadful accident whilst on duty in Londonderry. Her bright and vibrant personality was obvious to see from the lovely images her family released at the time of her passing.

“I want to pay tribute to her, and all her fallen colleagues, in the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Royal Ulster Constabulary, for their dedication and professionalism. We also remember officers from police services we work closely with on a daily basis, particularly Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe, who was murdered in Co Louth in January.”

Prince Charles met Nicola McDonald, the sister of Philippa Reynolds, after the event yesterday.

Constable Reynolds died when a stolen off-road vehicle collided with an unmarked police car in the early hours of February 9.

A man has been charged with her manslaughter.

Next year the National Police Memorial Day service will be held in Belfast.

 

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