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Director's anger over memorial to slain Pc

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By Gavin Cordon

Published 30/12/2015

Pc Yvonne Fletcher
Pc Yvonne Fletcher

Film director Michael Winner was not amused when Downing Street delayed responding to an invitation for Margaret Thatcher to unveil a memorial to Pc Yvonne Fletcher, who was shot dead outside the Libyan embassy.

The film-maker, who set up the Police Memorial Trust to honour officers killed in the line of duty, wrote to No 10 in November 1984 to voice dismay that the PM might not attend. It was followed by a letter from fellow trustee, John Fraser, asking if officials knew who Mr Winner was.

"As well as one of this country's most prominent film producers and directors, Mr Winner is on the Council of the Director's Guild of Great Britain," he wrote.

In the event, Mrs Thatcher overrode objections by the Home Office and agreed to do the unveiling.

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