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Memorial unveiled for Blackpool police officer killed on duty

Memorial
Image caption Supt Richardson's widow Maureen attended the unveiling

A memorial to a police officer who was killed on duty in Blackpool 45 years ago has been unveiled.

Supt Gerry Richardson was shot as he tackled a gunman following an armed robbery on a jewellery shop in the resort.

The memorial has been placed at his former grammar school, which is now Aspire Academy.

Supt Richardson's widow, Maureen, said she hoped the memorial would be a tribute to his legacy.

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Image caption Supt Richardson was posthumously awarded the George Cross in 1972 for his actions.

The incident, on The Strand, culminated in Supt Richardson and PC Carl Walker chasing one of the armed robbers on foot.

PC Walker was shot in the thigh before the gun was turned on Supt Richardson.

He was shot twice in the stomach at point-blank range and died of his injuries later that day. He was later awarded a posthumous George Medal, the UK's highest peacetime award for bravery.

PC Walker was treated in hospital and survived.

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