New memorial garden dedicated at Middle Engine Lane station

26 Sep 2017 11:00 AM

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Sunday September 24 saw National Police Memorial Day, recognising the courage and dedication of those who have died in service across the country. 

To mark the day at Northumbria, Chief Constable Steve Ashman rededicated the force's memorials as they moved to a new home as part of a memorial garden at Middle Engine Lane station in Wallsend. 

The garden was formerly situated at the force's Ponteland station but moved to be at the force's new headquarters. 

Almost 100 Northumbria staff and officers came together for an afternoon service, led by Revered Steve Edge, the force's senior chaplain. Families of recently fallen officers, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, North East Ambulance Service and Lord Lieutenant Susan Winfield were among other guests.

Northumbria's youngest generation of recruits, the police cadets, also played a role in the service as they read out historic stories about fallen officers - dating all the way back to 1875. 

The garden is open to all officers and staff as well as families of those honoured in the memorial.