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Runners' tribute to murdered Pc

Pc Melissa Ward
Pc Ward was six months away from full officer status

Two friends from Leicestershire are running in the London Marathon in memory of a friend who was murdered.

Policewoman Melissa Ward, 28, was killed by her boyfriend at her home in Rutland in January 2006.

Melissa's friends Darren Smith, 34, and Toby Day, 33, are raising money for Crimestoppers by running the race.

Her father Derek Ward said: "The time for tears is not yet past. She is going to be greatly missed and adored forever as far as we are concerned."

Mr Smith, who works for Camelot, said: "She was a probationary police officer and was one of my closest friends. Being a police officer was her greatest ambition."

Insp Day, who worked with Melissa at Leicestershire Police, said: "Crimestoppers isn't very well known and probably should be pushed more as it is an independent charity and wouldn't exist without donations."

"I have seen through my work how valuable it is and how it can make a huge difference to people who are vulnerable and who wouldn't otherwise wouldn't feel confident contacting police."

Melissa's body was found in the kitchen of her home in Oakham on 5 January 2006 next to the body of Benedict Marlow, 33, who had killed himself.

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