Tuesday, September 7, 1999 Published at 20:30 GMT 21:30 UK
UK: Northern Ireland
Relatives of RUC fallen oppose overhaul
A memorial window pays tribute to RUC fallen
As the publication of Chris Patten's report on the Royal Ulster Constabulary approaches, relatives of police officers killed by paramilitaries have been speaking out against a perceived threat to the force.
Two RUC community policemen shot dead in Lurgan in June 1997 were the last police officers to be killed by the IRA in Northern Ireland.
Constables David Johnston and John Graham left widows, small children and two heartbroken mothers.
"Whenever that happened to David, I just couldn't take it in that someone would do that to my son," said Thelma Johnston.
Pearl Graham, the mother of Constable Graham, is steadfast in her opposition to proposals to change the name of the RUC.
"My son has that name on his headstone.... who wants to change it - terrorists," she said.
His father William Montgomery blames this murder for the subsequent death of his wife.
"I watched my wife die.... it put her in an early grave," he said.
The speculation fuelled by media leaks has caused anguish for many bereaved families. They believe the rumoured changes will dishonour the memory of their loved ones.
"It would be an insult," said William Montgomery.
He believes that the RUC must be left intact for the sake of all the families and those who died. He doesn't believe it should be radically overhauled.
Families who have been united in grief are now united in their opposition to changing the force.