Tributes have been paid to a policeman who was killed while he was “just doing his job” on the 40th anniversary of his death.
Raymond Davenport, from Sutton, near Ellesmere Port, was killed in the line of duty as he tried to stop a stolen car in Liverpool city centre.
The 35 year old dad-of-one was dragged along the street by his arm after reaching through the driver’s window on July 4, 1981.
Two men were arrested by Constable Davenport’s colleagues and were later convicted of manslaughter with each being sentenced to nine years in prison.
Head of Merseyside CID, chief superintendent Ken Anderson, said at the time: “This is an awful morning. This man was just doing his job – nobody deserves this kind of fate.”
Today, four decades after he father’s death, Constable Davenport’s daughter, Jayne Clemson, said: “My dad lost his life whilst doing the job he loved – he loved being a Merseyside Officer having transferred from Cheshire.
“I recall him going on duty that night but sadly he never returned home. I always will remember my dad as a caring, loving person.
“I still receive comments to this day from colleagues who worked with him telling me what a fantastic officer he was, that he was someone you could always depend on to be there, and someone who just wanted to help the community, looking after the good people. He will be forever in my thoughts.”
Chief Constable Serena Kennedy, said: “40 years ago Constable Davenport lost his life doing the job he loved and he will not be forgotten here at Merseyside Police.
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“It’s really important that we continue to remember those officers and staff who paraded for a tour of duty to serve their communities and never returned.
“They pay the ultimate sacrifice to keep our communities safe and should never been forgotten and our thoughts are with Ray’s wife, Joy, and his daughter Jayne.
“I am delighted to be able to confirm today that there will be a memorial garden at the new HQ to remember and honour those officers and staff who have lost their lives on duty.”
Constable Davenport was posthumously awarded the Queens Commendation for Brave Conduct and he is also remembered on the National Police Memorial in London.