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Ilford police officer shot in the line of duty, is remembered 20 years on

PUBLISHED: 16:39 20 April 2015 | UPDATED: 11:31 21 April 2015

Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan Howe at the memorial

Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan Howe at the memorial

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Metropolitan Police commissioner and Redbridge borough commander attend Pc Phillip Walters’ memorial service.

“It seemed like just a normal domestic case,” explained Pc Derek Shepherd, as he recounted the tragic last moments of Pc Phillip Walters’ life.

“There were five of us, myself, Phillip, Chris Joicey, Adrian Harris and Mark Rowan.”

The officers were called to a disturbance at a house in Empress Avenue, Ilford.

Pc Shepherd continued: “We found these three guys beating up this man.

Pc Phillip Walters, who was shot dead on April 18 1995.Pc Phillip Walters, who was shot dead on April 18 1995.

“I managed to cuff one and then we tackled another, and then this guy came out from the top of the stairs and just started firing.”

That was when, on April 18 1995, Pc Walters was shot in the chest. He died later in hospital, aged only 28.

More than 200 people attended Pc Walters’ 20th anniversary memorial service on Saturday, in Empress Road, near where he died,

His parents, friends and colleagues, as well as Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe and borough commander Det Ch Supt Sue Williams, lay flowers at Pc Walters’ memorial.

In a speech, commissioner Hogan-Howe said Pc Walters represented “the best of policing” and that his “bravery and sacrifice always will be an inspiration to us all.”

Det Ch Supt Williams read a poignant extract from the book which all new police recruits write in.

Pc Walters had written: “I would like to feel that my family can walk the streets of London safely.

“If I can play a small part to help achieve that, then I would be more than happy.”

Det Ch Supt Williams added: “You did play your part Phillip, and you paid the ultimate sacrifice.”

Pc Walters’ father, Colin, who still lives nearby, in Sackville Gardens, Ilford, told the Recorder: “You do not come to terms with it, you don’t even know what coming to terms with it means.”

He said he remembered Pc Walters’ “laugh and his humour” the most.

Colin is still angry about the trial.

He said: “I just do not know why it went the way it did.

“We went to the Old Bailey expecting to get British justice and instead we got the British legal system.”

Controversially Pc Walters’ killer, a Jamaican known as Ray Lee, was convicted of manslaughter and left prison on parole several years ago.

Lee and his two accomplices had been paid by the victim’s ex girlfriend to beat him up,

When asked about Lee, Pc Shepherd said: “We did not have firearms, he did, in that situation someone was always going to get hurt.”

A memorial to Phillip Walters funded by Recorder readers was placed near Valentines Park, Ilford shortly after his death.


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