A former policeman from the north-east has arranged a memorial service to mark the 35th anniversary of his colleague’s death.
John Murray, 63, who is originally from Bucksburn, was standing next to PC Yvonne Fletcher when she was shot from a window of the Libyan Embassy in London on April 17 1984.
She died in hospital a short time later at the age of 25.
John, whose vow to get justice was the last words Yvonne heard before she passed away, has organised a memorial service in St James’s Square on Wednesday – the spot where the shooting took place.
John, who left Aberdeen at the age of 16 to join the Metropolitan Police, said: “When Yvonne was shot I was standing next to her, and it was me who went with her in the ambulance when she was taken to hospital.
“Throughout the morning, we had swapped places four or five times and if we had swapped one more time it would have been me.
“It was a horrendous experience to go through and for a long time I felt it should have been me instead of her.
“When we were in the ambulance I told her I would get justice, and those were the last words she heard.
“Ever since that point I have been campaigning.”
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John, who now lives in Chingford, expects several hundred people to attend the memorial service in honour of Yvonne.
He said: “It’s going to be a particularly poignant occasion because as well as being the anniversary of Yvonne’s death, it’s also 100 years since the first female officers.
“I’m expecting about 300 people to be there, and although she can’t make it to the service, (Metropolitan Police Commissioner) Cressida Dick is going to lay a wreath beforehand.
“It’s being led by the national police chaplain and there will be a lot of different organisations there.
“It will be a special occasion.”
He added: “We have got to keep fighting for justice.
“I have been campaigning for the last 35 years and I’m going to continue until it happens.”