Flowers laid at Police Officer’s memorial on fifth anniversary of his murder

Monday, 10 July, 2017

Flowers have been laid at the memorial stone of a Clacton Police Officer on the fifth anniversary of his murder.

PC Ian Dibell GM was shot and killed on July 9, 2012, and the memorial stone was unveiled by the then Prime Minister David Cameron on Clacton seafront in November 2015.

PC Dibell GM was also awarded the George Medal posthumously by the Queen to mark his gallantry.

Today Divisional Commander Russ Cole and Tendring District Council (TDC) Cabinet Member Lynda McWilliams joined forces to lay flowers at the site in Marine Parade West.

Chief Insp Cole said that a small gathering had earlier taken place with officers outside Clacton Police Station.

“Today is all about remembering the bravery and courage of one of our own, Ian, who paid the ultimate sacrifice in an effort to protect others in the community where he lived and worked,” he said.

“All our thoughts are with Ian, his family and friends and we pay our utmost respects to him on the fifth anniversary of this tragic event.”

PC Dibell GM had been off-duty at home but took his warrant card with him, which placed him on duty, when he went to an incident nearby and confronted gunman Peter Reeve. Reeve had already fired shots at another man.

Reeve later shot himself dead in a graveyard at Writtle near Chelmsford.

Cllr McWilliams added: “It was truly an honour today to represent the residents of Tendring for whom PC Dibell GM is a true hero.”

Flowers were also laid at the memorial stone by Gavin Lawson, who PC Dibell GM had helped, following a chance meeting in Sheffield in 2006.

Mr Lawson drove three and a half hours from Yorkshire this morning to lay the flowers before returning home.

He said he wanted to pay his respects to a man and Police Officer he will never forget.

Last updated on: 10/07/2017 - 09:03