A NORTHUMBRIA Police officer killed in the line of duty is being remembered 16 years on.

PC Joe Carroll, 46, died on April 13 2006 when the prisoner he was transporting in a police car from Hexham to Newcastle suddenly pulled on the handbrake.

The police car overturned near Corbridge and PC Carroll died from his injuries.

Steven Graham was jailed for five-and-a-half years for manslaughter.

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PC Carroll, who started with Northumbria Police in 1984, is one of 10 officers from the force to have died on duty since 1976. 

The dedicated bobby, who had worked for North Yorkshire Police, served as a community officer in Bellingham for 13 years.

He and wife Caroline lived in West Woodburn with their two dogs. In his spare time, he enjoyed sport and walking. The qualified Rugby League Coach and trained mountaineer and boat handler was thinking of retiring to New Zealand.

PC Carroll's name is inscribed in the Police Memorial Trusts' book at the National Police Memorial on the Mall in London, which was unveiled by Her Majesty The Queen in 2006.

In 2008, a memorial was also unveiled at the Styford Roundabout on the A69 near Brocksbushes, where he died.

The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire also bares PC Carroll's name. The monument offers family, friends and visitors a poignant spot to reflect and contemplate the service of almost 5,000 officers from across the country who have died while on the beat.