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Widow unveils officer's memorial
Stephen Oake
The unveiling was watched by Stephen Oake's wife, Lesley
A detective constable who was murdered as he tried to restrain a suspected terrorist has been honoured with a memorial plaque.

Special Branch officer Stephen Oake was stabbed to death by Kamel Bourgass during an anti-terror raid on a flat in Crumpsall, Manchester, in January 2003.

The Police Memorial Trust's stone was unveiled at the flat where he died.

Attending the service, Ch Con Michael Todd said Mr Oake had shown bravery of the highest possible order.

Mr Oake's widow, Lesley, unveiled the memorial in a ceremony also attended by Mr Oake's father Robin and mother Christine, of Colby, Isle of Man, and his children - Rebecca, Corinne and Christopher.

His sacrifice, the ultimate sacrifice, will never ever be forgotten by us
Ch Con Michael Todd

"We know bravery when we see it and Steve saw Bourgass represented a serious and potentially fatal threat to his colleagues. He put himself in harm's way," said Mr Todd.

"He was prepared to put his life on the line to protect his colleagues and in my estimation that is gallantry and bravery of the highest possible order.

"Steve was a hero. He and his sacrifice, the ultimate sacrifice, will never ever be forgotten by us."

About 150 people attended the ceremony outside 4 Crumpsall Lane, where the stone was unveiled engraved with a simple message: "Here fell DC Stephen Oake, 14 January 2003."

The service was due to be attended by film director Michael Winner, but his helicopter was unable to take off from London because of thick fog.

Rebecca, Corinne and Christopher Oake
We're a strong family
Robin Oake

Speaking after the service Mr Oake's father, Robin Oake, who is the former Chief Constable of the Isle of Man Constabulary, said it had been a "dignified occasion".

"It's been a sort of closure for the family," he said.

"He was a wonderful family man. Our Christian faith has seen us through this awful time.

"We're a strong family."

Ricin plot

Mr Oake's killer was on the run from police when officers tried to arrest him in January 2003.

Upon being confronted, he grabbed a kitchen knife, slashing and stabbing officers and knifing DC Oake fatally, before he was restrained.

Bourgass was jailed for life at the Old Bailey in 2004. He was also convicted of taking part in a ricin poison plot.

Mr Winner set up the Police Memorial Trust after the death of Pc Yvonne Fletcher in 1984 outside the Libyan Embassy in London.


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