London attack: Devastated family pay tribute to 'wonderful dad and husband' PC Keith Palmer killed in attack

Francesca Gillett
Metropolitan Police

The heartbroken family of hero PC Keith Palmer killed in Wednesday’s terror attack today described him as a “dedicated, brave and courageous” police officer.

PC Palmer is the father of a five-year-old daughter and his family said they were devastated after he was fatally stabbed outside the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday.

They said in a statement: "Keith will be remembered as a wonderful dad and husband. A loving son, brother and uncle. A long-time supporter of Charlton FC.

"Dedicated to his job and proud to be a police officer, brave and courageous.

"A friend to everyone who knew him.

"He will be deeply missed. We love him so much.

"His friends and family are shocked and devastated by his loss and ask that they are left to grieve alone in peace."

The 48-year-old married police officer joined the Met in 2001 and was based in Bromley before joining the Territorial Support Group in Catford, south east London.

Tragic: A photo shows PC Keith Palmer stationed in front of the Houses of Parliament with two students. (Will Robins/Tyler Chatterley-Russell)

In April last year he took up a new role with the Met’s unit protecting Parliament - the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command.

PC James Aitkenhead, who worked alongside PC Palmer in the TSG, said he was a "genuinely nice person”.

“Nobody had a bad word to say about him.

“When I heard what had happened I knew it would be him because that's just the sort of guy he was, to step straight in when others might step back.

"He had a great work ethic, he worked on our warrants' car for years, getting up at 4am to serve warrants and arresting wanted offenders.

“He was always so positive, always staying late after everyone else and getting in early.

"In his personal life he was a massive Charlton Athletic fan and had a season ticket.

"We will miss him so much."

Two years ago PC Palmer was nominated for best thief taker in the Commissioner's Excellence Awards, having made more than 150 arrests in 12 months.

Inspector Mark Turner, who most recently worked with PC Palmer at Parliament, said: "He really was a solid reliable member of the team - he came in and just got the job done, quietly and efficiently.

"He was a fantastic member of staff and will be sorely missed."

As a mark of respect PC Palmer's shoulder number - 4157U - will be retired and not reissued to any other officer.

Four people, including the PC and the attacker, were killed and 29 people were injured in Wednesday afternoon's attack.

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