Award ceremony in memory of murdered Hemel police officer postponed due to coronavirus lockdown
An annual award ceremony dedicated to the memory of PC Frank Mason who was shot and killed during an armed robbery in Hemel Hempstead in 1988, has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
On 14 April 1988, 27-year-old off-duty police officer Frank Mason was out walking his dog when he stumbled upon an armed robbery of a Securicor van in progress outside of Barclay's Bank in Hemel Hempstead.
Frank Mason bravely took on the three robbers and was tragically shot dead.
James Hurley, Perrie Warrie and Charlie McGhee were all jailed for life for his murder.
Subsequently, recognition for 'outstanding commitment' by a police officer has been given annually in PC Frank Mason's name.
Sadly, this year the event will need to be moved due the coronavirus lockdown.
MP for Hemel Hempstead, Sir Mike Penning, said: “Usually on this day we gather in Bank Court to remember the bravery of 27-year-old PC Frank Mason who tragically lost his life attempting to foil an armed robbery whilst he was off duty walking his dog on 14 April 1988.
“The annual Frank Mason Award is typically announced on this day in a ceremony at the PC Mason’s memorial in Bank Court. It is awarded to a local police officer who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the borough.
“In light of the current situation the police have decided to postpone this ceremony, a decision I fully respect and support, and I join with them in hoping we will be able to proceed later in the year.
“Instead of the ceremony, local commander Chief Inspector Craig Flint has called on people to take a moment of personal reflection and remember the sacrifices made by police officers on our behalf – a sentiment I wholeheartedly endorse.”