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Welsh Fed leaders back plans for national memorial

Federation leaders are backing plans for a national Police memorial for Wales.

Federation leaders in Wales have given support to a fundraising push in aid of a memorial for officers who died on duty.

The Police Roll of Honour Trust has launched an appeal to help fund the memorial which will be located in Alexandra Gardens in Cardiff, close to the National Welsh War Memorial and National Welsh Falklands War Memorial.

Welsh forces were part of the unveiling of the UK police memorial in Staffordshire last year.

But despite the fact that there have been over 80 Welsh police officer deaths recorded in the line of duty, from the present and former police forces in Wales, Wales remains the only home nation not to have its own dedicated National Police Memorial.

Since 2014 the trust has actively pursued a policy of making the plan a reality. Planning is now at an advanced stage; students from the University of Wales Trinity St David’s (UWTSD) Swansea School of Architecture won a competition to design it.

The Police Federation’s Welsh lead says a new National Welsh Police Memorial will be a fitting tribute

Nicky Ryan said: “Our members put their lives on the line every day and sadly some have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

“A memorial would give a focal point for family and friends to reflect on the loss of their loved ones, and it would give colleagues and the public a place to show their respects.”

North Wales General Secretary Mark Jones said: “Wales is the only country in the UK without a dedicated national police memorial and we’d really like to change that.”

“Any help in making it become a reality would be fantastic,” he added.

As yet there is no date for work to start and there isn’t a fundraising target.

John Giblin, vice-chair of the Police Roll of Honour Trust, said: “It’s intended the memorial will be funded by public and workforce fundraising and donations. Donations have already been received from the police family and are being held by the trust.

“We’re a small charity managed by volunteers, who are serving officers, retired officers and the relatives of fallen officers. The trust is rich in experience but poor on funding, so we make every penny count.”

To donate to the memorial, go HERE

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