Officer posthumously awarded George Medal

A Police officer who was killed last year as he tried to stop a man firing a gun near his home in Clacton has been posthumously awarded the George Medal for gallantry.

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Theresa May leads tributes to Pc Ian Dibell

Theresa May has praised Pc Ian Dibell's bravery. Credit: PA

Home Secretary Theresa May has spoken of the "courage" shown by Pc Ian Dibell after the police officer was posthumously awarded the George Medal.

The Police Constable was killed whilst trying to protect others from a gunman in Clacton last year.

Pc Ian Dibell. Credit: Essex Police

“The George Medal is awarded for great acts of bravery and is one of the highest

honours bestowed on a person, " she said.

“PC Ian Dibell is the first police officer in 21 years to receive it. This is testament to

his courage and selflessness in stepping in, off-duty, to help a neighbour in distress.

"He could have walked away, but he chose to put himself in harm's way and for his

courage, he sadly paid with his life.

"Pc Dibell’s death is a reminder not just of the bravery police officers show on a

daily basis, but also the depth of their commitment to public service."

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