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Memorial service for PC Jon Odell

By This is Kent  |  Posted: December 23, 2008

Salute. Chief Superintendent John Molloy with colleagues

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A SERVICE in memory of PC Jon Odell, who was killed in a hit and run eight years ago on Shottendane Road, Margate, was held on Friday.

After prayers, a bouquet of flowers was laid next to the permanent memorial for the 30-year-old Margate man on the street where he was hit by a car while on duty.

He was carried 50 yards along the road on the bonnet of a Vauxhall Astra and was rushed to Thanet hospital.

Surgeons battled to save him but he died four hours later. PC Odell had been carrying out speed checks with six other officers as part of a campaign to target drink-drivers at Christmas.

They had been at Shottendane Road, Margate, for 45 minutes and were about to move to another location when PC Odell was hit. Wayne Christopher Rule, 32, was jailed for nine years in 2001 after he admitted the manslaughter of PC Odell. Rule was released after serving six years.

In October Fort Hill police station in Margate was renamed Odell House in memory of the officer.

Chief Superindendent John Molloy said: "The anniversary of his death is always a poignant time as ordinarily we don’t consider the daily risks officers face or the harm they could come to.

"Although PC Odell died eight years ago the incident is still fresh in the minds of his colleagues and it still is important to remember what a fun, likeable individual he was.

"By having a memorial to Jon in a public place, it also enables members of the public to think about what police officers do to keep them and their families safe."

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