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125th anniversary events, 2010

The Romford Outrage

The Romford Outrage: 125th anniversary events

Thomas Simmons died on 24 January 1885. In January 2010, almost 125 years to the day, a wreath was laid on his grave at Crow Lane Cemetery, Romford. It was made of mixed leaves, including aspidistra, a Victorian favourite, and is pictured right.

Throughout 2009 the authors of the Romford Outrage worked with the Essex Police Memorial Trust to raise funds for a permanent memorial near the scene of the shooting. The site chosed was in the grounds of Bretons House, Upper Rainham Road RM13 7LP (the stone is on the right-hand side of the turning circle as you approach the front door of the house).

The photo below shows the unveiling of the memorial on 4 October 2010 by Fred Feather of the EPMT and Sue Harrison (Assistant Chief Constable of Essex). On the left, looking on, is Andy Bliss (Deputy Chief Constable of Essex).

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