Vandalised memorial is to be replaced by the Police Memorial Trust

16 August 2016

Damaged memorial stone

The Police Memorial Trust, a national charitable organisation based in London, whose objective is to erect memorials in memory of police officers killed in the line of duty as a permanent reminder of the sacrifice they made, are replacing a stone erected in memory of PC Phillip Walters.

On 18 April 1995, PC Walters and his colleague, who served with the Metropolitan Police Service, were responding to a domestic incident on Empress Avenue, Ilford.

They went into a house where they got into a violent struggle as they attempted to arrest three men.

One of the three men pulled out a gun and shot PC Walters in the chest. He later died of his injuries; he was just 28 years old.

Following his death, the Memorial stone was put in place at the spot where he was killed in his memory. However, at the beginning of July, the memorial was vandalised beyond repair.

Steve Lloyd, a member of the Board of Trustees from the Police Memorial Trust said: “This was truly a despicable act of sheer vandalism.  It will achieve nothing other than reminding people of what a courageous young police officer Phillip Walters was.

“The Police Memorial Trust will not allow the person who did this to detract from Phillip’s memory and the sacrifice he made whilst serving the people of Ilford.

“Phillip’s family, friends and colleagues, and public alike can rest assured that the memorial will be replaced.  We would like to continue our appeal to that same local community that PC Walters once served for any information to help catch the person who committed this terrible act”.