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Police Sergeant Matt Ratana was ‘Vibrant, bubbly and larger than life’

Tributes have been paid to the “friendly, capable, lovely” police sergeant shot dead in custody suite in Croydon.

Sergeant Matt Ratana was known as a “big guy” to his colleagues – “big in stature and big-hearted”, Met Police commissioner Cressida Dick said.

He was a “lovely man, highly respected by officers and staff, by the public, including suspects he arrested or dealt with in custody”, she added.

The 54-year-old was shot inside Croydon custody centre just after 2am on Friday. The 23-year-old suspect is believed to have then turned the gun on himself and is still in a critical condition in hospital.

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