Newham

Floral tributes to fallen police officer

24 October 2014 in Community safety
Newham Council and Newham Police today laid flowers in Stratford to mark the 17th anniversary of the death of police constable Nina Mackay.
Floral tributes to fallen Pc Nina Mackay
Pc Mackay, 25, suffered fatal stab injuries as she and other officers from the police's Territorial Support Group went to arrest a wanted man at a flat in Arthingworth Street on October 24, 1997.

Newham’s Deputy Mayor Lester Hudson and Nick Bracken, Newham Council’s Director for Commissioning (Enforcement & Safety) joined police to place tributes at the memorial erected at the housing association block where she was stabbed.

Councillor Hudson said: “Police officers put on their uniform every day and risk their lives to protect us. Some pay the ultimate price to ensure our safety. We must never forget their bravery and commitment. This is an occasion to remember Nina and the courage that she showed.”

A road close to the stabbing scene has been named Nina Mackay Close in her memory. Pc Mackay is also remembered at the Metropolitan Police memorial garden in Hendon by a Valiant Heart rose named after her.

The man who stabbed Nina denied murder but admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. He was ordered to be kept at Rampton top security mental hospital under the Mental Health Act but was released in 2012.