Westminster terror attack hero PC Keith Palmer will be honoured with a permanent memorial at the spot where he was murdered outside Parliament
- A memorial stone will be laid at Parliament’s Carriage Gates for PC Keith Palmer
- PC Palmer bravely fought terrorist Khalid Masood who stabbed him to death
- Decision came after a brass plaque was installed on the door of the police mess
A memorial stone will be laid at Parliament’s Carriage Gates where father-of-one PC Keith Palmer was murdered last year
A permanent and fitting memorial for PC Keith Palmer will be built at Westminster after disquiet over the existing tribute, it was revealed today.
A memorial stone will be laid at Parliament’s Carriage Gates where the father-of-one was murdered by terrorist Khalid Masood on March 22 last year.
The decision came after a brass plaque memorial installed on the door of the police mess in a scruffy corner of the Parliamentary estate caused anger.
But two months on a specially commissioned remembrance stone to the husband and father will be placed at the Carriage Gates, the Police Memorial Trust said.
Chairwoman Geraldine Winner said: ‘I am so very pleased to confirm that this fitting and lasting tribute to Pc Palmer will be placed at this iconic site.
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‘We know it will bring some small comfort to his family and loved ones.
‘Forever more the memorial will remind Londoners and those who visit this site from around the world of the service, sacrifice and heroism of this brave British police officer.’
The announcement was welcomed by Scotland Yard Commissioner Cressida Dick and Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow.
Keith Palmer, who lost his life defending Westminster last year, has only been commemorated with the brass plaque on a canteen door (right) in the parliamentary estate
Mr Bercow said: ‘Pc Palmer died doing the job he loved – ensuring the safety of Members of both Houses, the staff who work here and members of the public on the estate at the time.
‘We owe him a profound debt of gratitude for his bravery, which resulted in him paying the ultimate price.
‘This memorial will serve as a lasting tribute to his dedication and his courage.’
Kent-born terrorist Masood, 52, drove a hire car over Westminster Bridge, mounted the pavement and hit pedestrians before crashing into railings outside the Palace of Westminster in the rampage.
Also killed in the 82-second atrocity were US tourist Kurt Cochran, Romanian tourist Andreea Cristea, 31, and Britons Aysha Frade, 44, and 75-year-old Leslie Rhodes.
Masood was shot dead by armed police just feet from Big Ben.
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