Sunday 30 April 2017

Mark Gatiss unveils memorial to police officers who have died in line of duty

Mark Gatiss alongside officers after unveiling a lasting memorial to police officers who have died in the line of duty (Durham Police/PA)
Mark Gatiss alongside officers after unveiling a lasting memorial to police officers who have died in the line of duty (Durham Police/PA)
Mark Gatiss helped raise funds for the memorial

TV star Mark Gatiss has unveiled a lasting memorial to police officers who have died in the line of duty.

The actor, who plays Mycroft in the BBC's Sherlock and has also starred in Doctor Who, The League Of Gentlemen and Game Of Thrones, was joined by friends, family and colleagues of those who have died serving the public.

He unveiled the memorial at Darlington Police Station and during the ceremony remembered his brother-in-law Detective Sergeant Dave Storey who died from a stroke shortly after retiring from the town's CID in March 2014, aged 53.

Gatiss said: "It's a very sad occasion and everyone here has their own special memory of a loved one who is sadly no longer with us.

"Sometimes when you go past an old building, there's often an inscription on it and I think to myself how those people are long gone now.

"But I'd like to think that this memorial is a reminder of all the men and women who have given their life and it will remain here long after we're gone too."

The sandstone memorial was crafted by local stonemason David France and bears the Latin inscription Sic Luceat Lux Vestra, which translates as Let Your Light Shine.

Officers raised the money for the memorial and the appeal was boosted when the top actor hosted an evening's entertainment at the local theatre.

Chief Constable Mike Barton said: "This memorial is hugely impressive and I would like to personally thank everyone who has contributed to it.

"In an age where everything is digital it is important we have a lasting memorial, something we can touch and remember where we have come from."

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