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Memorial park to murdered officer
Bill Forth
Sgt Bill Forth was murdered whilst on duty in 1993
A refurbished park named in memory of a murdered police officer, is to be officially opened by his mother.

The Bill Forth Memorial Park Doorstep Green at Fence Houses in County Durham has been given a 190,000 refurbishment over the past four years.

The Northumbria Police sergeant, a married father-of-two, was murdered on duty in Gateshead in 1993.

His mother, Noreen Forth has accepted a request to officially reopen the park on 26 November.

The park revamp was organised by Little Lumley Parish Council and Fence Houses Residents' Association.

'Completely renovated'

Parish councillor Brian Walker, said: "While Little Lumley Parish Council and Fence Houses Residents' Association were developing this project and raising funds for the park, they felt it was a fitting tribute to name it after Sgt Forth, and to invite his mother Noreen Forth to officially open it to local residents.

"The area has been completely renovated, the land had to be cleaned before soil was imported, the area was landscaped, and grass could be planted.

"Paths have then been put in, a play area and play equipment, as well as fencing and trees have been planted."

The park, which is known locally as "the Rec", has been developed with funding from a variety of organisations, including County Durham Environmental Trust and English Partnerships.

Sgt Forth, 36, was beaten and stabbed to death after answering a routine call to a disturbance in Clover Hill, Sunniside, Gateshead


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