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Posted on Monday 25 July 2022

A memorial plaque in honour of a hero police officer has been unveiled in Bishop Auckland.

A ceremony for Detective Constable James Porter - who was murdered in March 1982 in Woodhouses – was held on Friday.

The unarmed officer was shot and fatally injured as he chased two armed men who he knew had already discharged weapons during a robbery at a factory payroll office.

Jim, as he was always known, was just 31, married and had young children.

He was later posthumously awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Brave Conduct for his courageous actions.

The site in Tindale Crescent is now a new housing estate where the ceremony was held in front of members of Jim’s family, Durham Constabulary officers including ACC Tonya Antonis, members of the Police Memorial Trust as well as local people.

The memorial plaque itself was unveiled by DC Porter’s daughter, Tracey, and his granddaughter, Lauren.

In a fitting tribute the new housing estate is to be named after Jim.

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