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Anniversary of murdered Pc marked

PC Gavin Carlton
Pc Carlton had tried to use his car to block the robbers' getaway

A memorial service has been held in Coventry for a policeman who was killed there 20 years ago as he chased two bank robbers armed with shotguns.

Pc Gavin Carlton, 29, used his car to block the robbers' getaway vehicle in Torrington Avenue, Tile Hill.

One of the men, David Fisher, of Newport, Gwent, shot the Pc dead and later turned the gun on himself.

A second officer was shot and survived. West Midlands Police Chief Constable Sir Paul Scott-Lee led the tributes.

He also led a minute's silence at 1100 GMT and headed a memorial procession through the city to the site where Pc Carlton was killed.

Over the past 20 years three other West Midlands Police force members have lost their lives on duty.

All their names are recorded on the National Police Memorial Roll of Honour List.

A tree was planted in his memory

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