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No Ordinary Day - The Murder of WPC Yvonne Fletcher with Matt Johnson and John Murray


Dates: 30/04/2024

Venue: Parabola Arts Centre

April 2024 will be the 40th anniversary of the murder of WPC Yvonne Fletcher, who was shot outside the Libyan People’s Bureau in London. Former police officers John Murray, who was with Yvonne at the time, and Matt Johnson will share a gripping mix of heartbreaking personal emotion and efficient police-style summing up of the complex search for the truth behind the murder, and justice for Yvonne.

Espionage, betrayal, terrorism, corruption – the truth behind the murder of WPC Yvonne Fletcher.

On 17 April 1984, as police and anti-Gaddafi demonstrators gathered in the street outside the Libyan People’s Bureau in London, they had no way of knowing they were about to become part of one of the greatest tragedies in British policing history. At 10.17am automatic gunfire rained down on them. WPC Yvonne Fletcher was hit in the back and later died from her injuries. Twelve demonstrators were wounded. The gunmen were Libyans, both concealed behind a first-floor window of the Bureau. Two weeks later, all those present inside the Bureau, including everyone suspected of involvement in the attack, were deported from the UK. Men guilty of terrorism and murder were neither arrested nor prosecuted. As Yvonne Fletcher lay dying, her colleague and close friend PC John Murray cradled her in his arms. Before she lost consciousness, he promised her he would not rest until those responsible for her murder had been brought to justice. Thirty-seven years would pass before John was able to fulfil that promise. Whilst writing John Murray’s story, Matt Johnson identified UK government duplicity, secret service deals and how a plan to finally defeat the all-powerful National Union of Mineworkers would place the government in an invidious position when pro- and anti-Gaddafi elements brought their fight to the streets of the UK. He was able to discover why, in 1984, her killers had been allowed to go free. His extensive research also revealed how events on 17 April resulted in a 30-year government campaign to bring the police services of the UK under political control, a campaign that has driven our police service into the state of disarray we see today.


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