Gerald Irving Richardson GC
Died =>23 August 1971
Force => Lancashire Constabulary
Cause =>Homicide - Shot
Duty Status =>On Duty
Shot and fatally wounded as he attempted to arrest an armed suspect after a robbery at a jeweller’s shop in The Strand, Blackpool.
After assisting in a car chase of five robbers, he then chased one of them as the gang split up and attempted to escape on foot. Superintendent Richardson tackled the robber and tried to persuade him to surrender his weapon but was shot twice in the stomach at point-blank range and died of his injuries later that day at the Victoria Hospital, Blackpool. Posthumously awarded the George Cross for Gallantry.
Roll of Honour Citation
Shot and fatally wounded as he attempted to arrest an armed suspect after a robbery at a jeweller's shop in The Strand, Blackpool.