Funeral of shot policeman Matt Ratana to be live streamed globally amid coronavirus restrictions

THE funeral of shot policeman Matt Ratana will be live streamed tomorrow amid Covid-19 restrictions.

The measures are to ensure New Zealand-born Matt’s family and friends Down Under will still be able to watch from 12,000 miles away.

As numbers at the funeral are restricted owing to Covid rules, the service will also be shown at all Met police stations for colleagues via the Met’s website and social media.

Matt, 54, a sergeant, was shot dead by a handcuffed suspect in the early hours of September 25 at Croydon custody centre, in South London.

Legal advice is being followed by the Met Police to ensure Covid regulations are adhered to at Matt’s funeral service and cremation, held in Sussex.

Some colleagues are said to be upset a full police service funeral cannot be held.

They have also been advised not to line the funeral procession route.

His partner Su Bushby, some family, several colleagues and pals from East Grinstead Rugby Club will attend.

Met Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick — who knew Matt — will read a tribute for the officer, who was just a few months away from retirement when he died.

We won’t forget him

By Cressida Dick, Met Police Chief

MATT simply loved his job. He dedicated his life to it.

I have heard over and over again how much he cared for his colleagues and all those he knew — how kind he was.

I am honoured to have been asked by Matt’s partner to provide the funeral tribute.

In time, post Covid, I hope we can come together in a full memorial to celebrate the wonderful life Matt led.

I understand that will never replace being at his funeral in person.

He will never be forgotten.

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