Newham remembers PC Nina Mackay twenty years after her death

​ ​ A memorial service was held on Tuesday 24 October to mark the twentieth anniversary of the death of Police Constable Nina Mackay. ​

On October 24, 1997, PC Mackay and her colleagues went to a property in Arthingworth Street in Stratford, to arrest a man who was in breach of bail conditions. As officers entered the property the man stabbed PC Mackay in the abdomen and she later died of her injuries - writes

PC Mackay followed her father, a former chief superintendent with the Metropolitan Police Service, into policing. She was serving with the Territorial Support Group, a specialist crime and operations unit, at the time of her death.

The memorial service was led by senior police chaplain Jonathon Osbourne and was attended by PC Mackay’s family and friends, Newham Borough Commander Ade Adelekan, Mayor of Newham Sir Robin Wales, local councillors and Nick Bracken the council’s chief operating officer and former Met commander.

Wreaths and floral tributes to the fallen officer were laid at the memorial erected at the housing association block, where she was stabbed.

Borough Commander Ade Adelekan, said: “PC Nina Mackay made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. This service serves as a reminder of the bravery and commitment she showed to serving the residents of Newham and London.”

Sir Robin Wales said: “PC Mackay died as she went about her daily duties 20 years ago. Her dedication and bravery was remembered this week by her family, friends and colleagues.

“Police officers often find themselves in dangerous situations, directly in harms way, as they protect our residents. We thank all police officers for the bravery they show every day.”

As well as the memorial in Arthingworth Street a nearby road has also been named Nina Mackay Close in her memory.

She is also remembered in the Metropolitan Police memorial garden in Hendon by a Valiant Heart rose that is named after her.

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