Plaque to honour planner shot dead is moved

A plaque commemorating a planning officer who was shot and killed during an enforcement row has been moved in a ceremony to mark the twentieth anniversary of the tragedy.

Lisa Foster, niece of Harry Collinson, with chairman of the county council, Dennis Morgan, in the Durham Room at County Hall in Durham. David Wood, Northern Echo photo
Lisa Foster, niece of Harry Collinson, with chairman of the county council, Dennis Morgan, in the Durham Room at County Hall in Durham. David Wood, Northern Echo photo

Derwentside District Council planning officer Harry Collinson was murdered while carrying out enforcement duties on an unauthorised structure in County Durham in June 1991.

A plaque erected after his death at the Consett Civic Centre has now been moved to County Hall in Durham.

A dedication ceremony took place at County Hall this morning, attended by the niece of Collinson, Lisa Foster, who was representing the family.

Durham County Council chairman councillor Dennis Morgan said: "It was a day that rocked the very fabric of local government and will be etched in many people’s memories for all time.

"I am pleased that so many of Harry’s colleagues are with us today and Lisa Foster and her husband Neil -  our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family."

Albert Dryden was sentenced to life for the killing and for wounding a policeman and a BBC journalist in the same incident.

michael.donnelly@haymarket.com


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