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Man held on suspicion of supplying firearm over police officer shooting


A man has been arrested on suspicion of supplying a firearm following the fatal shooting of a police officer in a custody suite.

Sergeant Matt Ratana died in hospital after being shot at Croydon Custody Centre in south London in the early hours of Friday.

The arrest took place in Norwich around 2am on Sunday and the suspect is currently being detained at a south London police station.

Image: Tributes have been paid to the sergeant and rugby coach

Meanwhile, the suspect for the shooting remains in a critical condition in hospital and officers investigating the murder say they have not yet been able to speak to him.

Sgt Ratana, 54, was allegedly attacked by a man who had been handcuffed who investigators say then shot himself.


Friends and teammates of the officer, who was a popular head coach at East Grinstead Rugby Club, have gathered in tribute to him.

There were two periods of silence – for junior and senior members – and the club flag was flown alongside the New Zealand flag and the All Blacks rugby team flag to honour Sgt Ratana's roots.

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Ryan Morlen, the club's assistant head coach, said the news of his death would "take time to process".

He said: "It's tough really with the loss of Matt, he's an irreplaceable figure. The club here, from juniors, seniors, to the women's team they're going to really miss Matt.

"As a community he brought a lot of things together. I spoke to Matt every single day… and there are thousands of people out there that really looked up to him."

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick lays a wreath at the National Police Memorial in London to mark National Police Memorial Day
Image: Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick laid a wreath to mark National Police Memorial Day
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