Ian Dibell police memorial spelling bungle 'unfortunate'

PC Ian Dibell
Image caption PC Ian Dibell was killed while trying to stop a shooting in Essex

A police force has said a spelling mistake on a memorial dedicated to an officer who was shot and killed in Essex was an "unfortunate error".

PC Ian Dibell, 41, died on 9 July 2012 as he tried to stop a man firing a gun at two people near his home in Clacton.

A memorial stone unveiled on Tuesday during a private service in Clacton Police Station garden features the word "bourne" instead of "borne".

A spokesman said it was an "unfortunate error and will be rectified".

PC Dibell's family were not at the service where the memorial, which features an extract from the Policeman's Heaven prayer, was revealed.

The father-of-two was off-duty when he went to the aid of Trevor Marshall and his girlfriend Katarzyna Karolak in a dispute in Fairlop Close, Clacton.

He was shot in the chest by 64-year-old Peter Reeve, whose body was found the following morning in the grounds of All Saints' Church, Writtle.

An inquest in April returned verdicts of unlawful killing for PC Dibell and suicide for Peter Reeve.

The officer was posthumously awarded a bravery certificate by Essex Police.

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