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Met Police pay tribute to George Medal winning officer from Bromley

PC Ivan King with his George Medal in April 2013. Image: Met Police

PC Ivan King with his George Medal in April 2013. Image: Met Police

The Met Police have paid tribute to retired Bromley police officer Ivan King, who was awarded the George Medal 64 years ago for his part in foiling an armed break-in at a Biggin Hill store.

He died at his Yorkshire home on Wednesday, 8th April, at the age of 89.

The Met Police said he had ‘a long, happy and very adventurous life that also included time in the Malayan and Kenyan colonial police services.’

Ivan was awarded the George Medal after he and a colleague chased and apprehended a man who had broken into Temple’s Stores, Stock Hill, Biggin Hill and shot and critically injured another police officer on 28th September 1950.

Bromley Borough commander Chris Hafford, said today:

I am saddened to hear that ex-PC Ivan King has passed away in Yorkshire. I have a photograph of the three officers, a press cutting and letters regarding the award of the George Medal on the wall of my office and I find it inspiring.

The bravery that Ivan King and his colleagues displayed is a fine example of what police officers can be called upon to deal with.

I’ve received an email from a former colleague of PC King many years after this incident, who commented on how professional, courteous and hard-working he was. He was a credit to the Metropolitan Police Service.

PCs McCallum, Ashwin and King at their investiture in 1951. Image: Met Police

PCs McCallum, Ashwin and King at their investiture in 1951. Image: Met Police

PC Ivan King (P Division, Bromley), PC Owen Ashwin (P Division, Orpington), PC John McCallum (P Division, Bromley), and Mr Thomas Temple (a Company Director from Biggin Hill) were each awarded the George Medal and a £20 cheque by the King at an Investiture held at Buckingham Palace on 31st October 1951 for their heroism during the Temples Stores incident.

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