MEMO­RIAL GAR­DEN TO HON­OUR PC

Wales On Sunday - - NEWS - JA­SON EVANS Re­porter ja­son.evans@waleson­line.co.uk

APOLICE of­fi­cer who died while on duty has been com­mem­o­rated with a memo­rial gar­den at Maesteg Po­lice Sta- tion.

Of­fi­cers and PCSOs, with the help of mem­bers of the com­mu­nity, have trans­formed the gar­den at Maesteg Po­lice Sta­tion in me­mory of PC Garry Wozen­croft.

PC Wozen­croft, from Neath, died aged 35 in 2000, af­ter his po­lice pa­trol car crashed while pur­su­ing a sus­pect ve­hi­cle.

The father-of-two joined the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice in 1988 af­ter serv­ing as a spe­cial con­sta­ble in his home town of Neath.

While work­ing for the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice, PC Wozen­croft re­ceived an of­fi­cial com­men­da­tion af­ter dis­cov­er­ing an IRA bomb in cen­tral Lon­don. He quickly evac­u­ated the area and called for sup­port to pre­vent a po­ten­tial tragedy.

PC Wozen­croft was also com­mended for his pro­fes­sion­al­ism while on duty dur­ing the fu­neral of the Princess of Wales in 1997.

He and his fam­ily moved back to Wales when he joined South Wales Po­lice in 1999.

A plaque has been placed in the gar­den in me­mory of the Maesteg neigh­bour­hood of­fi­cer.

The project to re­store the gar­den was car­ried out with the help of the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing mem­bers from B-Leaf, a hor­ti­cul­ture project based in Bryn­garw Coun­try Park for adults with dis­abil­i­ties, who helped plant the flow­ers and do­nated a memo­rial tree.

Mem­bers of Men’s Shed from Brid­gend as­sisted in re­vamp­ing the memo- rial bench and Kevin Priddy from Maesteg Shoe Re­pairs cre­ated the plaque for PC Wozen­croft.

PCSO Julie Banks said: “It is so won­der­ful that mem­bers of the com­mu­nity ded­i­cated their time and pro­vided plants and paint to trans­form the space into a beau­ti­ful gar­den.

“We wanted to pay trib­ute to PC Wozen­croft, who sadly lost his life while on duty. He was a ded­i­cated of­fi­cer serv­ing the com­mu­nity of Maesteg and it is only right that we hon­our him with this memo­rial gar­den.”

She added: “This gar­den will pro­vide a quite space for of­fi­cers to have a re­lax­ing break dur­ing the busy work­day. Thank you to all of those who helped re­de­velop it.”

The memo­rial gar­den at Maesteg Po­lice Sta­tion in me­mory of PC Garry Wozen­croft

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