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Princess Anne pays tribute to Scottish police officers

The Princess Royal and Chief Constable of Police Scotland, Sir Stephen House, marked the tenth anniversary of the Scottish Police Memorial on Wednesday, honouring those officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Unveiled on the 7th September 2004 by Princess Anne, the Scottish Police Memorial carries the names of the 255 Scottish police officers who have died in the line of duty and the list dates back to 1812. The Memorial, located at Police Scotland’s college in Tulliallan, has had four additions to it this year of officers who have died in the last 12 months; Constable Murtagh, Constable Tony Collins, Constable Kirsty Nelis and Captain David Traill.

Constable Murtagh died when his motorcycle collided with a bus near Earlston in the Borders in May. Captain Traill, who was a pilot and former RAF flight lieutenant, was attached to the Police Scotland air support unit and was killed with his colleagues Constables Collins and Nelis when their Eurocopter EC 135 helicopter went down in November 2013. Seven others were also killed in the incident when the helicopter crashed into the Clutha Bar in Glasgow.

Speaking of the memorial, Christine Fulton MBE, Co-Founder of the Scottish Police Memorial Trust, said:

“The memorial is a tangible reminder to the families that their loved ones name will never be forgotten and will live on not just for this generation but for every generation to come. We are honoured that Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal was able to join us again today, her support for the families and recognition of their loss is much appreciated.”

Chief Constable, Sir Stephen House, added:

“Police officers are committed to serving their local communities, protecting the public and keeping people safe. The officers we are commemorating today made an important contribution to the communities they served. It is right that we should honour them and that their names be added to the Scottish Police Memorial, a fitting reminder to us all of their contribution to the service and to Scotland. Our thoughts are, as always, with their families and friends.”

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