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£4M campaign launch for National Police Memorial postponed

The National Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire Photo: PA

The launch of a campaign to raise funds for a new police memorial has been postponed.

The drive for a UK Police Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire had been scheduled to launch today (19 April), a month after Pc Keith Palmer and four others were killed in the Westminster terror attack.

Instead, the campaign will now be launched in mid May - on a date to be confirmed.

The Memorial is to be inscribed with the names of more than 1,400 officers and staff who died from injuries sustained while carrying out their duties.

Sir Hugh Orde, chairman of the UK Police Memorial Trust, said:

The NMA is the place where the nation can go to remember our services and the men and women who have been killed in the course of their duty for their country.

We need to establish a fitting memorial that recognises the vital contribution that policing makes to our society and acknowledges the courage and sacrifice made by police officers and police staff who have paid the ultimate price.

– Chairman, UK Police Memorial Trust, Sir Hugh Orde

The memorial will consist of the physical tribute, a digital memorial, an education programme and Living Memorial fund that will support the families of officers and staff killed in the future.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said:

It is entirely fitting that those officers and staff who give their lives in the line of duty should be remembered with a lasting tribute.

The Government has already committed £1m towards the UK Police Memorial and I hope the public also take this campaign to their hearts and recognise the importance of establishing a permanent place of remembrance.

– Home Secretary, Amber Rudd

The memorial will cost £4 million to set up and so far £2.5 million has been raised. It should be completed by 2018/19.

Information on how to make a donation or take part in fund-raising activity can be found at www.ukpolicememorial.org.

Four other people were killed in addition to Pc Palmer and dozens injured in the 82-second atrocity in Westminster on Wednesday March 22, which ended with Khalid Masood, 52, being shot dead.

Andreea Cristea, 31, Leslie Rhodes, 75, Kurt Cochran, 54, and Aysha Frade, 44, died after a car driven by Masood ploughed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge.