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The death of a policeman, for nearly 100 years the only unsolved murder of a Metropolitan police officer, was marked yesterday with the unveiling of a new memorial. A simple black slate plaque, engraved with gold lettering, was unveiled to the memory of PC Frederick Atkins, 23, on the wall outside the police station in New Malden High Street, 115 years after he was shot by a burglar.

His death sparked such public outrage that extra trains had to be laid to carry more than 2,000 mourners to his funeral at St Mary's Church, Walton, his home town. But despite a vast manhunt, nobody was ever charged.