Durham police to unveil plaque remembering fallen officer 20 years on from death on the roads

Durham Constabulary's ACC Tonya Antonis and Inspector Ed Turner
Durham Constabulary's ACC Tonya Antonis and Inspector Ed Turner -Credit:Durham Constabulary

Police officers in County Durham are set to mark the 20th anniversary of the death of one of their own.

PC Jonathan Green died when involved in a collision on his way home from work in 2004. He was just 23. Two decades on from the collision - at Whorlton Crossroads near Barnard Castle - a team of cyclists from Durham Constabulary are set to unveil a memorial plaque in PC Green's honour during a special charity cycle event.

Around 15 Durham Constabulary staff are taking on a ride of more than 100 miles on Wednesday May 15, stopping at every police station on their route, which takes them across County Durham and Darlington. The team includes retiring officers Assistant Chief Constable Tonya Antonis and Inspector Ed Turner, and will fundraise for the Care of Police Survivors charity.

The memorial plaque for PC Green will be unveiled at Barnard Castle Emergency Hub around lunchtime.

ACC Antonis - who has had a 28-year policing career and even represented Great Britain in triathlon - joined Durham Constabulary in February 2022. Meanwhile Inspector Turner joined the force in July 1994 at the age of 24, becoming an officer in Bishop Auckland and serving in a range of roles across the region. He has been a neighbourhood inspector for Teesdale and Weardale since 2018.

ACC Antonis said: “It has been an absolute honour to serve as Assistant Chief Constable at Durham Constabulary. From the moment I joined, I was struck by the pride people have in the organisation and how determined they are to do the very best for the people of County Durham and Darlington.

"I feel incredibly privileged to have been part of this team and will treasure my time spent at Durham. This ride will be a fitting way to end my time here – remembering and honouring those colleagues who have gone before, and who made the ultimate sacrifice in protecting their communities."

Inspector Turner has organised the cycling event. He said: "It will be an honour as I leave policing to take part in this challenge and to cycle in memory of Jonathan. I have thoroughly enjoyed my policing career - I’ve worked with some amazing people, who go over and above every day to help others.”

To support the fundraising team, visit https://tinyurl.com/3u7cjj68