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Memorial plaque for officer shot dead during factory payroll robbery

The plaque for the officer has been unveiled in Bishop Auckland.

DC James Porter was shot and fatally injured in March 1982. He was chasing two armed men who he knew had already discharged weapons during a robbery at a factory payroll office. 

DC Porter was 31 at the time and married with young children. 

He was posthumously awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Brave Conduct. 

The site is now a new housing estate which will be named after him. 

The plaque ws unveiled by his daughter, Tracey, and granddaughter, Lauren, with Durham officers, members of the Police Memorial Trust and members of the community also present at the ceremony. 

At a memorial service held earlier this year for the 40th anniversary of his death, DC Porter’s family said: “The death of Jim left a massive hole in our lives, and 40 years on this has not changed.

“He had his whole life ahead of him when he was taken from us.

“He loved his job, and his actions show the kind of courageous man he was. He would do anything to protect people but sadly made the ultimate sacrifice.”

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