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How you can bring dying plants back to life in hours with a banana fertiliser

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A mother has revealed how leftover banana peel is the secret to reviving a dying plant in just hours.

The Australian woman, who goes by The Pantry Mama on Facebook, said you can easily give your indoor plants a ‘boost’ by popping banana skins in a jar of water and leaving the jar for 24 hours to infuse.

‘Feed the water to your plants and the skin can go in the compost,’ The Pantry Mama wrote online.

‘My plants are so lush and green [as a result].’

A mother has revealed how banana peel is the secret to reviving a dying plant in just hours (pictured: banana skins soaked in water, which are then thrown over the plants)

A mother has revealed how banana peel is the secret to reviving a dying plant in just hours (pictured: banana skins soaked in water, which are then thrown over the plants)

A mother has revealed how banana peel is the secret to reviving a dying plant in just hours (pictured: banana skins soaked in water, which are then thrown over the plants)

The reason why the trick works is because the banana acts as a natural fertiliser for plants, especially roses

The reason why the trick works is because the banana acts as a natural fertiliser for plants, especially roses

The reason why the trick works is because the banana acts as a natural fertiliser for plants, especially roses

Those who want to try it should soak banana skins inside a jar of water for around 24 hours before adding the banana to the compost and throwing the water over your plants

Those who want to try it should soak banana skins inside a jar of water for around 24 hours before adding the banana to the compost and throwing the water over your plants

Those who want to try it should soak banana skins inside a jar of water for around 24 hours before adding the banana to the compost and throwing the water over your plants

The reason why the trick works is because the banana acts as a natural fertiliser for plants, especially roses.

Packed with potassium, phosphorous and calcium, the minerals have a host of benefits for plants.

These include promoting general plant vigour and life, building up resistance to pests and disease and assistance with pollination.

The phosphorous in banana also reportedly helps with good root and shoot growth.

Previously, a mother revealed a clever hack for bringing 'sad' house plants back to life after they've started to droop (pictured before)

Previously, a mother revealed a clever hack for bringing 'sad' house plants back to life after they've started to droop (pictured before)

Previously, a mother revealed a clever hack for bringing ‘sad’ house plants back to life after they’ve started to droop (pictured before)

She revealed that sometimes soaking plants in water isn't enough, and explained you need to add an everyday household ingredient to create a super-charged solution (pictured after)

She revealed that sometimes soaking plants in water isn't enough, and explained you need to add an everyday household ingredient to create a super-charged solution (pictured after)

She revealed that sometimes soaking plants in water isn’t enough, and explained you need to add an everyday household ingredient to create a super-charged solution (pictured after)

What are the best natural fertilisers for your plants?

* Soak bananas in water and leave for 24 hours, before pouring the mixture over the plants.

* Soak plants in the bath with Epsom salts to revive them.

* Seaweed works as a great fertiliser when mixed with water and left for 24 hours.

* Soak weeds with water, leave for 24 hours and pour over the plants. 

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When it comes to how often you should use the plant fertiliser, The Pantry Mama explained that ‘every few weeks is okay’.

‘I have over 50 plants and so I just make a batch every time someone eats a banana, and then pop the water into whichever plant needs a drink,’ she said.

This isn’t the first time a natural plant fertiliser has wowed the internet.

Previously, a mother revealed a clever hack for bringing ‘sad’ house plants back to life after they’ve started to droop.

She revealed that sometimes soaking plants in water isn’t enough for thirsty greenery, and explained that you need to add an everyday household ingredient to create a super-charged solution.

‘A few inches of water in the bath with Epsom salts and I give the leaves a shower to get dust etc off and keep it happy,’ she wrote alongside before and after photos of her plants.

Epsom salts are rich in magnesium sulfate, which increases chlorophyll production, while warm water will help to kill pests in the soil, such as aphids and mites.

Other natural plant fertilisers that wok include soaking seaweed and weeds in water, before pouring the solution over your plants. 

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Prince Charles has been seen wearing in a face mask for the first time in public as he joined Camilla on a  whirlwind one day trip to Northern Ireland.

The Prince of Wales, 71, and the Duchess of Cornwall, 73, arrived in the country this morning for a series of engagements in order to thank individuals who have gone the extra mile during the pandemic. 

Prince Charles stepped out in a face covering for the first time since the start of the Covid-19 crisis, opting for a £6.50 mask crafted by seamstresses from his Turquoise Mountain Textiles programme.

The royal couple appeared in high spirits as they visited local communities and organisations during the busy one day visit.     

In keeping with royal visits to Northern Ireland, details were not released in advance and the itinerary was not disclosed for security reasons. 

Prince Charles, 71, was seen in a face mask for the first time as he joined Camilla, 73, on a whirlwind one day trip to Northern Ireland

Prince Charles, 71, was seen in a face mask for the first time as he joined Camilla, 73, on a whirlwind one day trip to Northern Ireland

The couple appeared in high spirits as they posed for snaps in front of a throne made for a party to celebrate the end of filming of the TV series 'Game of Thrones', during their visit to the Ulster Museum in Belfast

The couple appeared in high spirits as they posed for snaps in front of a throne made for a party to celebrate the end of filming of the TV series ‘Game of Thrones’, during their visit to the Ulster Museum in Belfast

The Prince of Wales laughed with foodservice driver Stephen Taggart during a visit to the Henderson Group's food and grocery distribution centre in Newtownabbey

The Prince of Wales laughed with foodservice driver Stephen Taggart during a visit to the Henderson Group’s food and grocery distribution centre in Newtownabbey

Prince Charles opted for a smart navy suit and white shirt for the visit, and added a pale blue tie.

Meanwhile the royal also donned a turquoise face covering with a bold gold pattern during several engagements.  

The facemasks worn by Prince Charles and Camilla during their visit were made by seamstresses who have been supported through the Turquoise Mountain Textiles programme. 

Charity Turquoise Mountain was set up by The Prince of Wales in 2006 to protect heritage at risk and to provide training and jobs around the world.  

Prince Charles opted for a turquoise face covering as he stepped out in a mask for the first time since the start of the Covid-19 crisis

Prince Charles opted for a turquoise face covering as he stepped out in a mask for the first time since the start of the Covid-19 crisis

Prince Charles played with his mask as he stepped out of a vehicle upon arrival in Belfast for his whirlwind day of engagements today

Prince Charles played with his mask as he stepped out of a vehicle upon arrival in Belfast for his whirlwind day of engagements today

Prince Charles played with his mask as he stepped out of a vehicle upon arrival in Belfast for his whirlwind day of engagements today 

The royal couple arrived at the Ulster Museum in south Belfast on Wednesday morning at the start of a series of engagements in Northern Ireland. 

Kickstarting a busy day of engagements, the couple met a number of young nurses who recently completed their training early to help with the coronavirus pandemic during a visit to the Ulster Museum in Belfast.

They thanked a number of young nurses in Belfast who completed their training early to assist in the battle against coronavirus. 

They spent time speaking with nurses outside the building, who transitioned early from Queen’s University Belfast and the Open University into clinical roles amid the health crisis. 

Camilla shielded herself from the rain as she stepped out in Belfast today while wearing a deep green face covering

Camilla shielded herself from the rain as she stepped out in Belfast today while wearing a deep green face covering 

The facemask worn by Camilla was  made by seamstresses who have been supported through Prince Charles' Turquoise Mountain Textiles programme

The royal could be seen adjusting a green face covering as she stepped out of the car upon her arrival at the event

The facemask worn by Camilla was  made by seamstresses who have been supported through Prince Charles’ Turquoise Mountain Textiles programme

The Duchess could be seen adjusting her face covering during the visit as she stepped into a vehicle

The Duchess could be seen adjusting her face covering during the visit as she stepped into a vehicle 

Camilla, who has been seen in public wearing face coverings on several occasions, opted for a green garment from Prince Charles' charity on today's visit

Camilla, who has been seen in public wearing face coverings on several occasions, opted for a green garment from Prince Charles' charity on today's visit

Camilla, who has been seen in public wearing face coverings on several occasions, opted for a green garment from Prince Charles’ charity on today’s visit 

Fiona Pierce, who will qualify as a midwife at the Royal Victoria Hospital, said it had felt nice to be thanked for their contribution. 

‘It’s been a different end to the course than what we envisioned but we all met it with great enthusiasm and so excited to be recognised as being able to support the workforce,’ she said.

Bronach Best, who works in mental health, said everyone had pulled together as a community of staff in the effort.

‘I think the public have been great, there was one occasion when I was going shopping in my uniform, and met a mum with her son who was wearing a Spiderman costume, and she said, ‘look there is a real life hero there’,’ she said.

‘It’s nice to be appreciated.’

Camilla and Charles kickstarted their busy day of engagements by meeting with nurses who transitioned early from their training to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic

Camilla and Charles kickstarted their busy day of engagements by meeting with nurses who transitioned early from their training to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic

Prince Charles spent time speaking with nurses outside the building, who transitioned early from Queen's University Belfast and the Open University into clinical roles amid the health crisis

Prince Charles spent time speaking with nurses outside the building, who transitioned early from Queen’s University Belfast and the Open University into clinical roles amid the health crisis

The royals thanked a number of young nurses in Belfast who completed their training early to assist in the battle against coronavirus

The royals thanked a number of young nurses in Belfast who completed their training early to assist in the battle against coronavirus

The Royal couple also met museum employees, as the tourism and culture sectors reopen and look towards recovery in the coming months

The Royal couple also met museum employees, as the tourism and culture sectors reopen and look towards recovery in the coming months

Inside the museum, Charles and Camilla were shown an exhibition marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, which also celebrates the contribution of nurses since the First World War up to the present day.

Moving through the attraction, the royal couple were also shown one from a series of six Rembrandt etchings, the first by the artist to be publicly displayed in Northern Ireland after the museum benefited from an agreement negotiated by the tax authorities to secure £150,000 owed to the Exchequer.

Charles took an interest in a handwoven replica of the famous Iron Throne from the HBO show Game Of Thrones which had been commissioned for the end of the fantasy drama of battles for power which was principally filmed in the region.

‘A frame of thrones,’ the prince quipped as he stood beside the piece for photographs.

Once inside the museum, Prince Charles took an interest in a handwoven replica of the famous Iron Throne from the HBO show Game Of Thrones which had been commissioned for the end of the fantasy drama of battles for power which was principally filmed in the region

Once inside the museum, Prince Charles took an interest in a handwoven replica of the famous Iron Throne from the HBO show Game Of Thrones which had been commissioned for the end of the fantasy drama of battles for power which was principally filmed in the region

The royal quipped that the huge sculpture was 'A frame of thrones while posing for photographs alongside Camilla at the museum

The royal quipped that the huge sculpture was 'a frame of thrones' while posing for photographs alongside Camilla at the museum

The royal quipped that the huge sculpture was ‘a frame of thrones’ while posing for photographs alongside Camilla at the museum 

The royal couple heard from museum staff and volunteers about their work in getting the attraction up and running after it was closed for four and a half months during lockdown.

It reopened on July 30, managing visitor numbers through an online booking system, and have reported numbers remaining at just 25% of the usual footfall.

Before departing, the prince and the duchess met Belfast Lord Mayor Frank McCoubrey and city council employees who maintain the gardens outside the Tropical Ravine building.  

The pair went on to split for further engagements, with Prince Charles travelling to a food and grocery distribution centre in Newtownabbey. 

Staff at Henderson Group's food and grocery distribution centre in Newtownabbey, near Belfast, carefully social distanced from one another as they awaited the arrival of the Prince of Wales

Staff at Henderson Group’s food and grocery distribution centre in Newtownabbey, near Belfast, carefully social distanced from one another as they awaited the arrival of the Prince of Wales

Prince Charles was given a tour of the centre before meeting with staff, whom he thanked for their efforts during the health crisis

Prince Charles was given a tour of the centre before meeting with staff, whom he thanked for their efforts during the health crisis 

The royal appeared in high spirits during the visit, where he could be seen laughing and joking with staff

Prince Charles carefully maintained social distancing from staff at the distribution centre as he heard about their work over the last few months

Prince Charles carefully maintained social distancing from staff at the distribution centre as he heard about their work over the last few months

The royal appeared in high spirits during the visit, where he could be seen laughing and joking with staff

The royal appeared in high spirits during the visit, where he could be seen laughing and joking with staff

Prince Charles appeared in high spirits today as they kickstarted a whirlwind one day trip to Northern Ireland

Prince Charles appeared in high spirits today as they kickstarted a whirlwind one day trip to Northern Ireland

The royal appeared in high spirits during the visit, and could be seen beaming and laughing during his tour

The royal appeared in high spirits during the visit, and could be seen beaming and laughing during his tour

The royal appeared in high spirits during the visit, and could be seen beaming and laughing during his tour 

He could be seen laughing and joking with staff while he thanked them for their efforts during the health crisis and heard of the unprecedented demand they faced in recent months. 

Meanwhile Camilla visited Belfast & Lisburn Women’s Aid, where she met with staff, supporters and service users to hear of the challenges they have faced in recent months.

She wrapped up warm in a forest green coat and cosy scarf as she visited  Belfast & Lisburn Women’s Aid.

The royal could be seen removing a light green face covering as she arrived at the engagement. 

Once inside and out of the rain, the Duchess met with staff, supporters and service users to hear of the challenges they have faced in recent months. 

The couple’s visit comes weeks after Prince William visited the country to mark Emergency Services Day.

During his trip, the Duke of Cambridge, 38, spoke about how he struggled to talk about his emotions in a job that saw him encounter tragedy on a regular basis.

Later, the royal addressed staff at the factory to thank them for their efforts during the Covid-19 crisis

Later, the royal addressed staff at the factory to thank them for their efforts during the Covid-19 crisis 

He could be seen raising his hand in the air as he addressed the crowd of staff who have worked at the distribution centre

He could be seen raising his hand in the air as he addressed the crowd of staff who have worked at the distribution centre 

He opened up about his experiences flying with the air ambulance from 2014 to 2017 as he met serving blue light responders to discuss the importance of mental health support for those working in the emergency services.

William’s visit to Belfast had a particular focus on the mental health challenges many emergency services personnel face as a consequence of their stressful jobs. 

Prince Charles’ visit to Northern Ireland comes days after he warned that as many as one million young people could  need ‘urgent help’ due to coronavirus

During the whirlwind engagements, the Duchess of Cornwall visited Belfast & Lisburn Women's Aid, where she met with staff, supporters and service users to hear of the challenges they have faced in recent months

During the whirlwind engagements, the Duchess of Cornwall visited Belfast & Lisburn Women’s Aid, where she met with staff, supporters and service users to hear of the challenges they have faced in recent months

Meanwhile the Duchess wrapped up warm in a forest green coat as she joined Prince Charles for a series of engagements in Belfast today

Meanwhile the Duchess wrapped up warm in a forest green coat as she joined Prince Charles for a series of engagements in Belfast today

Meanwhile the Duchess wrapped up warm in a forest green coat as she joined Prince Charles for a series of engagements in Belfast today 

Camilla carefully pinned a shamrock brooch to her lapel as she stepped out in Ireland earlier today

Camilla carefully pinned a shamrock brooch to her lapel as she stepped out in Ireland earlier today 

He said our youth was confronting a ‘uniquely challenging’ time amid the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

In a rare intervention, Charles said the ‘destructive hopelessness’ of unemployment is facing Britain’s youngsters once again.

Writing in The Sunday Telegraph, he said the young are in particular need of measures to protect them from the worst effects of the crisis, adding that the country must not let optimism ‘drown beneath a deluge’ of economic predictions.

The royal, who is a long-standing supporter of domestic abuse charities in the UK and overseas, visited a not-for-profit organisation that supports those affected by domestic violence across Belfast and Lisburn

The royal, who is a long-standing supporter of domestic abuse charities in the UK and overseas, visited a not-for-profit organisation that supports those affected by domestic violence across Belfast and Lisburn

He added that while it is ‘all too easy to assume that nothing can be done… the task ahead is unquestionably vast, but it is not insurmountable.

‘There has never been a time as uniquely challenging as the present, when the pandemic has left perhaps another million young people needing urgent help.’ 

Reflecting on how he founded the Prince’s Trust charity in 1976, with the severance pay he got from the Royal Navy, Charles added: ‘I am old enough to remember other times when hope was scarce and pessimism seemed the only thing in abundant supply. 

The Duchess smiled as she met with staff, supporters and service users of Women's Aid in Belfast

The Duchess smiled as she met with staff, supporters and service users of Women’s Aid in Belfast

During the visit, Camilla heard about the challenges they faced by the those using the service in recent months

During the visit, Camilla heard about the challenges they faced by the those using the service in recent months

The royal beamed as she spoke with members of staff and service users joining her visit to Northern Ireland today

The royal beamed as she spoke with members of staff and service users joining her visit to Northern Ireland today 

‘In the mid-Seventies, when I left the Royal Navy, youth unemployment was one of the pressing issues of the time. It seemed to me that we should do something to try to make a difference, however small.’

The Prince’s Trust, has just helped its millionth young person, with research from the Trust showing that 55 per cent of 16 to 25-year-olds are more worried about being unemployed than they were a year ago.

The Prince’s Trust set up the Young People Relief Fund in the immediate aftermath of the pandemic to provide extra support to those hit by the economic fall-out.

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Armed police today sealed off a road in Canterbury for four hours over fears for a woman in a house.

At least 12 officers swooped on the street near the city’s cathedral and a helicopter hovered overhead.

They had their weapons aimed at a building and shut down two other roads near the scene, reports say.

Students at the nearby Canterbury College were reportedly ordered to stay on the campus as a precautionary measure.

Witnesses claimed a man was seen being led from the house before being put in handcuffs, but police said no one has been arrested.

At least 12 officers swooped on the street near the city's cathedral and a helicopter hovered overhead

At least 12 officers swooped on the street near the city’s cathedral and a helicopter hovered overhead

Canterbury Christ Church University student Jack Whitlam, 20, told Kent Live: ‘There’s been two armed police officers standing at the end of the road pretty much the whole morning.

‘They were telling people to get back into their homes. There was loud banging, which was them knocking on the front door of the house – they battered it down with a big metal thing.

‘Someone was brought out and handcuffed – a man. He was brought behind a police car on his knees and then taken away by an officer.’

They had their weapons aimed at a building and shut down two other roads near the scene, reports say

They had their weapons aimed at a building and shut down two other roads near the scene, reports say

A Kent Police spokesman said: ‘Kent Police was called at 11.15am on Wednesday 30 September 2020 to a report of concern for a woman at a property in Longport, Canterbury.

‘Officers, including armed officers and a police helicopter, attended the area due to concern that there may be a weapon present.

‘A woman was safely located and officers remain at the scene making enquiries. No weapons have been located at this time and there have been no arrests.’ 

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Man arrested on suspicion of supplying firearm that killed Sgt Matt Ratana is bailed

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A man arrested following the fatal shooting of police sergeant Matt Ratana on suspicion of supplying a firearm was released on bail today.

The man from Norwich was bailed until October as police searches continued at the home of alleged gunman Louis De Zoysa, 23, in Norbury, South London.

Detectives investigating the murder of Sergeant Ratana at Croydon custody centre last Friday have also been searching an area in Banstead, Surrey.

But they are yet to speak to De Zoysa, who is in a critical condition in hospital after he shot himself as he opened fire with a revolver while handcuffed behind his back.

The Banstead location includes access to several derelict buildings and more than 30 acres of land, with police saying the ‘complex’ search will take days to complete. 

Police searches continue today at the home of Louis De Zoysa, 23, in Norbury, South London

Police searches continue today at the home of Louis De Zoysa, 23, in Norbury, South London

Detectives investigate at the scene of the alleged gunman's family home in London today

Detectives investigate at the scene of the alleged gunman’s family home in London today

New Zealander Sergeant Matt Ratana, 54, was shot as he was preparing to search a handcuffed suspect who had managed to smuggle a revolver into a custody suite

New Zealander Sergeant Matt Ratana, 54, was shot as he was preparing to search a handcuffed suspect who had managed to smuggle a revolver into a custody suite

De Zoysa, posing with a 5ft medieval sword. He is suspected of shooting dead Sgt Ratana

De Zoysa, posing with a 5ft medieval sword. He is suspected of shooting dead Sgt Ratana

The custody centre remains a crime scene, while searches in Pollards Hill, where De Zoysa was arrested, and a location in central London have also been carried out.

It came as further details about De Zoysa emerged yesterday, including that he excelled at the Catholic John Fisher School in Purley, South London.

De Zoysa, whose school yearbook entry said he was ‘good with weapons’, went on to study mechanical engineering at University College London.

Friends said he was very intelligent but dropped out after just a year. De Zoysa and his four siblings were brought up by their translator mother and yoga teacher father.

Friends have previously spoken of their middle-class lifestyle and his younger brother now attends Oxford University.

Police searches have been taking place at Banstead in Surrey as well as in South London

Police searches have been taking place at Banstead in Surrey as well as in South London

Forensics continue their search of the De Zoysa family home today in Norbury, South London

Forensics continue their search of the De Zoysa family home today in Norbury, South London

Police vehicles and officers at the scene in Norbury continue to investigate the murder today

Police vehicles and officers at the scene in Norbury continue to investigate the murder today

Officers look at a wreath for Sgt Ratana at Croydon custody centre in South London today

Officers look at a wreath for Sgt Ratana at Croydon custody centre in South London today

But one neighbour who knew the family well said the De Zoysa house was notorious in the street for loud arguments and aggressive dogs which were bred for money.

Speaking yesterday, the source said that his father Channa, from Sri Lanka, struggled to hold down regular employment.

The neighbour also claimed to have witnessed arguments which spilled out into the street.

It backs up reports that De Zoysa’s British mother, Elizabeth, took out a restraining order against her husband in 2015. This was withdrawn last year when they reconciled.

The neighbour added that she filed a police report when De Zoysa was in his early teens, claiming to have heard gun shots from the garden of the property. 

Two people including an officer embrace outside Croydon custody centre this afternoon

Two people including an officer embrace outside Croydon custody centre this afternoon

East Grinstead Rugby Club members lay a wreath for Sgt Ratana in Croydon this afternoon

East Grinstead Rugby Club members lay a wreath for Sgt Ratana in Croydon this afternoon

Sergeant Matiu Ratana (pictured with his partner Sue) was allegedly shot by a 23-year-old man who was detained for possession of ammunition at Croydon custody centre in South London

Sergeant Matiu Ratana (pictured with his partner Sue) was allegedly shot by a 23-year-old man who was detained for possession of ammunition at Croydon custody centre in South London

‘Some neighbours felt bullied by them,’ she said. ‘The family were known because their dogs would bark all the time. They were like wild guard dogs.

‘The family had some really bad problems. I would often hear loud arguments with very strong language. ‘

Metropolitan Police officer Sgt Ratana was shot when De Zoysa, who had been arrested for alleged possession of ammunition and Class B drugs in south London, was brought into his police station in Croydon.

Despite being cuffed and searched outside, the suspect is believed to have smuggled a revolver inside and shot Sgt Ratana as he took his temperature to comply with Covid regulations.

Five shots were fired at 2.15am on Friday, including one which left De Zoysa in hospital. Detectives have as yet been unable to speak to him. 

Tributes have been left to Sgt Ratana including rugby shirts and flowers in Croydon yesterday

Tributes have been left to Sgt Ratana including rugby shirts and flowers in Croydon yesterday

A year from retirement, the inspirational police officer (pictured) had thrown himself into coaching and was looking forward to being able to focus fully on nurturing future rugby stars

A year from retirement, the inspirational police officer (pictured) had thrown himself into coaching and was looking forward to being able to focus fully on nurturing future rugby stars

Members of the East Grinstead rugby club in West Sussex where Sgt Ratana was head coach linked arms as they laid his club jacket on the pitch and held a minute's silence on Sunday

Members of the East Grinstead rugby club in West Sussex where Sgt Ratana was head coach linked arms as they laid his club jacket on the pitch and held a minute’s silence on Sunday

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick (centre) joined Home Secretary Priti Patel (left) and London Mayor Sadiq Khan (right) at London's National Police Memorial on Sunday

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick (centre) joined Home Secretary Priti Patel (left) and London Mayor Sadiq Khan (right) at London’s National Police Memorial on Sunday

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stuart Cundy said: ‘We’ve traced a number of witnesses who have been able to contribute significant information.’

Girlfriend Su Bushby, 44, who lived with Sgt Ratana in Worthing, Sussex, has called him her ‘gentle giant’ and ‘soulmate’.

A fund in his memory has been set up by the Metropolitan Police’s Hayes Sports Club.

The New Zealand-born officer joined Scotland Yard in 1991 and was head coach at East Grinstead Rugby Club. His grown-up son lives overseas.

Officers in his home country yesterday honoured Sgt Ratana with a haka as part of their Police Remembrance Day.

And today, New Zealand Rugby said in a statement: ‘Our thoughts are with the family and friends of #SgtMattRatana whose loss is being felt hard across the rugby and police community in both the UK and New Zealand. Rest In Peace Sergeant Matt.’ 

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