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    The Thin Blue Line: Croydon Victim Joins Long List of Murdered British Police Officers


    A 23-year-old man has been taken into custody after a police officer was shot and killed in a south police station.

    More than 4,000 police officers have been killed since 1792 and since 1945 more than 250 have been shot.

    The latest victim – who has not yet been identified – joins an illustrious list of officers who died in high profile cases.

    ​PC Andrew Harper – 2019

    In August 2019 PC Andrew Harper, 28, died after being dragged by a car for a mile down a country lane in Berkshire, west of London, as he tried to stop a gang of teenagers stealing a quad bike.

    ​Henry Long, 19, Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole, both 18, were convicted of manslaughter, rather than murder. Long was jailed for 16 years and the other two for 13 years each.  

    PC Harper's incensed widow, Lissie, wrote to the prime minister claiming “justice is a joke” and has campaigned for life sentences for those who kill police officers and other emergency workers.

    PC Keith Palmer – 2017

    On 22 March 2017 Khalid Masood, 52, drove a rented car into pedestrians  on Westminster Bridge before crashing into the gates of the Palace of Westminster and stabbing PC Keith Palmer, who was guarding the Houses of Parliament.

    : Metropolitan Police

    PC Keith Palmer, who was stabbed to death at the Palace of Westminster by Khalid Masood

    Masood, an Islamic extremist, was then shot dead by another police officer.

    Earlier this year it was reported that…

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