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Bravery award for police officer shot dead protecting others

A police officer from Essex killed as he tried to tackle a gunman has been recognised at a prestigious awards ceremony.

41-year-old Ian Dibell was shot while trying to intervene in a dispute near his home in Clacton-on-Sea in July last year. Last night he was named the most courageous police officer in the UK.

His family have spoken of their pride at how his actions saved the lives of others.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Luke Farrington

Bravery award for PC shot protecting others

An Essex police officer who was shot dead while trying to protect others from a gunman in Clacton has been honoured with a posthumous bravery award.

PC Ian Dibell, who was 41, was voted the most courageous officer in England and Wales at the annual Police Bravery Awards in London.

PC Dibell's brothers, Neil and Paul, were presented with the award by the Home Secretary, Theresa May.

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, was also at the ceremony and paid tribute to PC Dibell's bravery.

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Brothers accept award for brave PC Dibell

Home Secretary Theresa May gives award to PC Dibell's two brothers Credit: ITV News

The brothers of a police officer who was shot dead near his home in Essex have accepted an award on his behalf for bravery.

41-year old PC Ian Dibell died tried to protect others from a gunman in Clacton last year.

The posthumous award was given in his name at the Police Bravery Awards last night.

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PC Ian Dibell

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PC Ian Dibell was off duty when he was shot dead, near his home in Clacton last July.

At the inquest into his death yesterday, the coroner recorded a verdict of unlawful killing, praising PC Dibell for his "quite extraordinary bravery" and recommending a commendation for his actions.

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Pc Dibell: Wanted to right the wrongs

The girlfriend of Pc Ian Dibell delivered a moving eulogy at his memorial service.

Louise Lilley, a police community support officer,told the congregation that she should have been flying to Majorca this morning with Pc Dibell on a holiday to mark the start of a new beginning.

Miss Lilley told those attending the memorial service in St James Church in Clacton-on-Sea, that all he wanted to do was put on his uniform on and right the wrongs.

Home Secretary attends memorial service

Home Secretary Theresa May joined police officers of all ranks as they paid tribute to a colleague shot dead as he went to the aid of a member of the public.

Hundreds of people packed St James Church in Clacton-on-Sea to remember Pc Ian Dibell, 41, who was killed near his home.

The memorial service was attended by Pc Dibell's family, chief constables from neighbouring police forces, rank and file officers, and members of the public.

Officers from Essex Police held a guard of honour at the entrance to the church.

Pc Dibell's girlfriend, police community support officer Louise Lilley, his sister-in-law Nicole Dibell, and Essex chief constable Jim Barker-McCardle were delivering tributes during the service.

A message of condolence from the Prince of Wales was read to the congregation.

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