IRA Canary Wharf bomb survivors pay tribute at WPc Fletcher 30th memorial
- Credit: Docklands Survivors Assoc
Survivors of the IRA bombing in Canary Wharf 18 years ago caused by semtex supplied by Colonel Gaddafi joined family and friends of Yvonne Fletcher at the 30th anniversary memorial service to mark her murder.
Members of the Docklands Victims’ Association paid tribute to the woman police officer gunned down outside the Libyan Embassy in St James’s Square in April, 1984.
Among them was former security guard Jonathan Ganesh, 40, from Limehouse, who was badly injured when the IRA set off a huge bomb 12 years later which wrecked the Midland Bank’s Canary Wharf HQ in 1996.
Jonathan, who was rescued by stretcher after being trapped in the explosion, laid a wreath at Yvonne Fletcher’s memorial along with others at the ceremony led by Met Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe.
Sir Bernard said: “We remain committed to bringing to justice those responsible for killing Pc Fletcher.
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“The anniversary will always remain a very sad day for the Metropolitan Police and a tragic event in policing history.”
WPc Fletcher was policing a demonstration outside the embassy when she was hit by a bullet fired from the building. Demonstrators were also injured.
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But the murder investigation has remained unsolved for 30 years, although co-operation with the Libyan authorities has improved since Gaddafi’s regime was toppled three years ago.
Scotland Yard detectives visited Libya in January and met officials from the Libyan investigation team.
The Docklands Victims’ Association also met a Libyan delegation in London earlier this month as part of the ongoing negotiations for compensation for the Canary Wharf bombing which killed two men and injured 142 office workers and tenants on Millwall’s Barkantine Estate on the Isle of Dogs.