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Memorial stone to hero police officer planned for Parliament

By Thomas Hornall

A permanent memorial to murdered police officer Keith Palmer is to be erected at the Houses of Parliament later this year.

The specially commissioned remembrance stone to the husband and father is to be placed at the Carriage Gates, the Police Memorial Trust said.

The 48-year-old was stabbed to death by Khalid Masood as he carried out his duties on the cobbled forecourt of the Palace of Westminster on March 22 last year.

Trust chairwoman Geraldine Winner said: "I am so very pleased to confirm that this fitting and lasting tribute to PC Palmer will be placed at this iconic site.

"We know it will bring some small comfort to his family and loved ones. Forever more the memorial will remind Londoners and those who visit this site from around the world of the service, sacrifice and heroism of this brave British police officer."

The announcement was welcomed by Scotland Yard Commissioner Cressida Dick and Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow.

Mr Bercow said: "PC Palmer died doing the job he loved - ensuring the safety of Members of both Houses, the staff who work here and members of the public on the estate at the time.

"We owe him a profound debt of gratitude for his bravery, which resulted in him paying the ultimate price.

"This memorial will serve as a lasting tribute to his dedication and his courage."

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