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Last Updated: Friday, 24 November 2006, 09:28 GMT
Tribute to officer killed on duty
Monument to Pc John Taylor at Kingsway (
A monument was commissioned by Staffordshire Police Authority
A policeman who was killed while trying to arrest a suspected burglar has been remembered at a ceremony 20 years to the day since his death.

Pc John Taylor fell from the seventh floor of a block of flats in Honeywall, in the Penkhull area of Stoke-on-Trent, following a struggle.

Family and police colleagues attended the ceremony on Thursday at his memorial stone in Kingsway, Stoke.

A minute's silence was held in Pc Taylor's memory.

Award presented

His sister, Jill Jones, said: "I've got a lot of respect for police officers after what happened to John.

"(They can) get a bad press, but the job they're doing now is perhaps harder than when John was around 20 years ago."

Following his death the local community raised money through donations and formed the John Taylor Memorial Committee.

Each year the John Taylor award is presented at the Staffordshire force's annual awards presentation.

It is given to a serving police officer or a member of the Special Constabulary to recognise an outstanding contribution to the community, an act of bravery or a sporting achievement.


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