Floral tributes as police officer is remembered

24 April 2014 in Community safety
Newham Council have placed flowers at the stone memorial in Ashlin Road, Stratford, to mark the fifth anniversary of the death of police officer Pc Gary Toms.
Memorial to Pc Gary Toms
Council officials joined Newham police officers and members of the Metropolitan Police’s Armed Response Team and Territorial Support Group close to the spot where Pc Toms was fatally injured on 11 April 2009.

Pc Toms, 37, a member of the firearms team, sustained serious head injuries as he and colleagues attempted to stop a vehicle containing suspects wanted for aggravated burglary. He was taken to hospital but died from his injuries on 17 April 2009. Four people were later convicted of robbery and other offences.

Newham Council worked with film director Michael Winner, chairman and founder of The Police Memorial Trust, to create the memorial, which was unveiled in October 2010.

Council chief executive Kim Bromley-Derry said: “It is always tragic when a member of the police service dies carrying out their role in protecting and defending the community. Pc Toms was doing his job with courage and dedication and his bravery and commitment will be remembered. Our thoughts remain with his family, friends and colleagues.”

Superintendent Ian Larnder from Newham Police said: “Gary is fondly remembered by all of his colleagues and it is a fitting tribute to him that we gather here each year to reflect and pay our respects.”