Tributes to Pc killed on duty
John Phillips DEPUTY borough commander Dave Reed has paid tribute to the former Barking and Dagenham police constable who died of head injuries after investigating reports of a robbery. Supt Reed expressed sadness at the loss of elite firearms officer Pc Gary Toms, 37,
DEPUTY borough commander Dave Reed has paid tribute to the former Barking and Dagenham police constable who died of head injuries after investigating reports of a robbery.
Supt Reed expressed sadness at the loss of elite firearms officer Pc Gary Toms, 37, who served in the borough and TSG for six years before joining elite firearms unit CO19 in November.
He died on Friday when his life-support machine was switched off, six days after he was crushed by his own vehicle in Stratford as he responded to reports of an aggravated burglary in Rosedale Road, Dagenham.
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Four people have been charged with robbery.
Met Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson led tributes to the "young and promising officer" and flags flew at half-mast in Newham as a mark of respect on Monday.
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His widow, Clair, said: "He lived a full life which held no regrets and we are extremely proud of all that he achieved in his lifetime. He will be deeply missed by us all, but never forgotten."
Mr Reed said: "Officers at Barking and Dagenham Police were greatly saddened to hear of the death of Pc Gary Toms.
"Losing such a young and promising officer reminds us of the potential dangers faced by all officers during the course of their duties.
"Gary was a diligent and professional officer and his passing is a great loss to his friends, colleagues, and the police service."
He joined the Met in January 2002.
Mansour-Jacques Jallow, 26, Temitope Iyiola, 19, both of no fixed abode, Mary Fowler, 21, of Ibex House, Forest Lane, Forest Gate, and Austin Ante-Taylor, 19, of Oak Lodge Avenue, Chigwell, have been remanded in custody after being charged with robbery. They are to appear at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Wednesday, June 24.