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|Slain Police Remembered in Black Wall
- Work starts on memorial on The Mall
THE REVOLVING sign outside New Scotland Yard is to get a new rival as the icon of London's police force.
Work begins today on a UKP2.3 million memorial to police officers who have been killed doing their jobs. The monument, a large and sombre black wall, is being constructed on The Mall from designs by Sir Norman Foster. A space in the wall is to contain the names of all officers slain while on duty.
A large slice of the funds to build the wall has been raised by the Police Memorial Trust, a body set up by film director Michael Winner following the murder of PC Yvonne Fletcher in 1984.
"Memorials to soldiers, sailors and airmen were commonplace," Winner said. "But the police fight a war with no beginning and no end."
The Queen is due to open the memorial when building is finished towards the end of this year.