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Officer honoured in memorial ceremony

News   •   Aug 28, 2020 14:30 BST

[PC Larry Brown]

A Met police officer who died on duty 30 years ago today has been honoured in a memorial ceremony at Stoke Newington Police Station.

On 28 August 1990, PC Laurence ‘Larry’ Peter Brown was fatally shot as he attended a routine 999 call on Pownall Road in Hackney. He was just 27 years old at the time of his death.

His attacker, Mark Gaynor, was subsequently arrested, convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.

The ceremony was attended by Commissioner Cressida Dick and Central East BCU commander Detective Chief Superintendent Marcus Barnett, as well as Larry’s widow, daughter, family and some of his former colleagues.

Following the service, the Commissioner and DCS Barnett laid wreaths alongside flowers from the family at his memorial, which stands in Pownell Road.

Commissioner Cressida Dick, said: “I was serving in the Met at the same time as Larry. He was a valued colleague and, as a police officer, absolutely dedicated to the community he served. Larry’s loss is still felt today by his family, the Met and the wider policing family, and so we come together to mark his death 30 years on. His sacrifice, whilst doing the job he loved to keep London safe, will never be forgotten.”

BCU commander Marcus Barnett, said: “Today, we remember PC Laurence Brown, better known as Larry to friends and colleagues, for the ultimate sacrifice he made in his dedication to protect the people of London. 

“We remember him fondly and grieve his loss 30 years on. He was a highly respected and professional officer who knew his patch and the people he served, and they knew him too. I’ve been told that those who worked with him remember how caring and enthusiastic he was. Larry was everything we expect and value in the Met, both then and certainly today.”