Hundreds of Met Police officers pay their respects to Sgt Matt Ratana

Guard of honour for slain sergeant: 200 Met Police officers line street as Cressida Dick, Priti Patel and Sadiq Khan join Sgt Matt Ratana’s widow for special memorial service after he was shot dead by suspect in custody

  • Sgt Matt Ratana, 54, was fatally shot by a suspect inside Croydon Custody Centre in September last year
  • Covid measures were in place, preventing a full memorial, so a special service was held today in London
  • Home Secretary Priti Patel, Met Police chief Cressida Dick and London Mayor Sadiq Khan in attendance
  • Also attending today’s memorial service at Royal Military Chapel was the partner of Sgt Ratana, Su Bushby
  • Hundreds of Met Police officers today lined the streets of 伦敦 to pay their respects to slain sergeant Matt Ratana in a special memorial service.

    内政大臣 普里蒂·帕特尔(Priti Patel), Met Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick and London Mayor 萨迪克·汗 were among those present at the service in memory of Sgt Ratana, who was fatally shot by a suspect inside Croydon Custody Centre in September last year.

    Dame Cressida and Ms Patel exchanged a few words with Sgt Ratana’s partner, Su Bushby at the National Police Memorial near the Mall.

    Together they walked through a special ‘Guard of Honouralong Horse Guards Road and Birdcage Walk towards the Royal Military Chapel, also known as the Guard’s Chapel.

    There specially invited guests were invited to attend a service to remember the 54-year-old, who served a distinguished 29-year-long career in the force. He was planning to retire at the time of his death.

    Hundreds of Met Police officers today lined the streets of London to pay their respects to former cop Matt Ratana in a special memorial service

    Hundreds of Met Police officers today lined the streets of London to pay their respects to former cop Matt Ratana in a special memorial service

    Home Secretary Priti Patel, Met Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Sgt Ratana's partner Su Busby (all pictured here) were among those present at the service in memory of Sgt Ratana, who was fatally shot inside Croydon Custody Centre in September last year

    Home Secretary Priti Patel, Met Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Sgt Ratana’s partner Su Busby (all pictured here) were among those present at the service in memory of Sgt Ratana, who was fatally shot inside Croydon Custody Centre in September last year

    Together they walked through a special 'Guard of Honour' along Horse Guards Road and Birdcage Walk towards the Royal Military Chapel, also known as the Guard's Chapel. 图为: Police officers walk ahead of a memorial service for former officer Matt Ratana

    Together they walked through a special ‘Guard of Honouralong Horse Guards Road and Birdcage Walk towards the Royal Military Chapel, also known as the Guard’s Chapel. 图为: Police officers walk ahead of a memorial service for former officer Matt Ratana

    Specially invited guests were then invited to attend the Royal Military Chapel in Westminster, also known as the Guards Chapel, to remember the 54-year-old (图为), who served a distinguished 29-year-long career in the force

    Specially invited guests were then invited to attend the Royal Military Chapel in Westminster, also known as the Guards Chapel, to remember the 54-year-old (图为), who served a distinguished 29-year-long career in the force

    At the chapel they petted a family of trainee police dog puppies which Ms Bushby named in honour of New Zealand-born Sgt Ratana.

    Ms Patel said ‘Good morning, how are you?’ to the dog handlers before petting the puppies.

    The German shepherds were named by Ms Bushby when she and the Commissioner visited the Met’s Police Dog Training Establishment earlier this year.

    The puppies are named Carter, Matiu, Jonah, Blu, Koru and Whanau. The word whanau means family in the Maori language of New Zealand and Matiu was Sgt Ratana’s full first name.

    Ms Bushby was hugged outside the chapel by members of the clergyReverend David Crees, London District Chaplain, Reverend Prebendary Jonathan Osborne, the Met’s Senior Chaplain and the Archdeacon of Canterbury Jo-Kelly Moore.

    教堂内, Reverend Osborne led the hour-long service, featuring hymns and readings.

    Police officers march to a memorial service to remember and celebrate the life of Metropolitan Police Sergeant Matt Ratana

    Police officers march to a memorial service to remember and celebrate the life of Metropolitan Police Sergeant Matt Ratana

    Hundreds of police officers turned out for the event, all of them wearing full black ceremonial uniform, to pay their respects to Sgt Ratana

    Hundreds of police officers turned out for the event, all of them wearing full black ceremonial uniform, to pay their respects to Sgt Ratana

    Police officers stand and form a guard along the road as part of the memorial service for former officer Matt Ratana, who was shot in Croydon Police Station last year

    Police officers stand and form a guard along the road as part of the memorial service for former officer Matt Ratana, who was shot in Croydon Police Station last year

    They petted a family of trainee police dog puppies which Ms Bushby named in honour of New Zealand-born Sgt Ratana. Ms Patel said 'Good morning, how are you?' to the dog handlers before petting the puppies

    They petted a family of trainee police dog puppies which Ms Bushby named in honour of New Zealand-born Sgt Ratana. Ms Patel said ‘Good morning, how are you?’ to the dog handlers before petting the puppies

    It also featured tributes, including from those representing Sgt Ratana’s different passions outside of policing – rugby and motor biking.

    A Maori hymn was sung by Ngati Ranana, a New Zealand cultural group. Colleagues from many teams across the police force, including the dog unit, mounted branch, and Croydon borough, were present inside the chapel.

    克雷西达夫人说: ‘When Matt was sadly taken away from us Covid-19 meant we weren’t able to mark his death with a force funeral in the way that we would have wished to afterwards.

    ‘We promised at the time that when restrictions weren’t in place we would arrange a special memorial service that would allow us all to come together in Matt’s memory, and I am delighted that today, we can finally honour that promise by gathering to pay him tribute.

    ‘Matt has very much been in our thoughts over the last year, both as we grieved for him, but also as we planned for this very special day where we will remember and give thanks for his life.

    Police officers line Horse Guards Road ahead of a memorial service to remember and celebrate the life of Metropolitan Police Sergeant Matt Ratana

    Police officers line Horse Guards Road ahead of a memorial service to remember and celebrate the life of Metropolitan Police Sergeant Matt Ratana

    Police officers walk along Horse Guards Road ahead of a memorial service to remember the 54-year-old sergeant, who was shot in the chest as he prepared to search a handcuffed suspect at a police station in Croydon

    Police officers walk along Horse Guards Road ahead of a memorial service to remember the 54-year-old sergeant, who was shot in the chest as he prepared to search a handcuffed suspect at a police station in Croydon

    周围 200 police officers had earlier lined the route of Horse Guards Road and Birdcage Walk leading up to the chapel where the memorial service Sgt Ratana was held

    周围 200 police officers had earlier lined the route of Horse Guards Road and Birdcage Walk leading up to the chapel where the memorial service Sgt Ratana was held

    ‘There will be sadness and reflection of course, but also celebration and much joy, for all the many lives he touched and the positivity and dedication with which he served.

    周围 200 police officers had earlier lined the route of Horse Guards Road and Birdcage Walk leading up to the chapel where the memorial service Sgt Ratana was held.

    The officers were all dressed in full black ceremonial uniform, including helmets and white gloves.

    The service was being held just over a year after Sgt Ratana was shot at a custody suite in Croydon, 南伦敦, 在九月 25 2020. He later died of his injuries.

    Plans for a full force funeral after his tragic death were cancelled due to last year’s Covid-19 restrictions.

    Louis de Zoysa, 23, of Banstead, Surrey was charged with Sgt Ratan’s murder, as well as possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition.

    De Zoysa answered ‘Yeahwhen asked to confirm his identity during a brief hearing at the Old Bailey in September. A review hearing is due to take place in December.

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