STONEMASONS have offered to restore the grave of a heroic cop for free.

PC Overton died in 1928 after he ran out into Worcester Road, Malvern, to try and rescue a young child from oncoming traffic.

Local police officers have campaigned to restore Mr Overton's overgrown grave, in Great Malvern Cemetery, to reflect his selfless sacrifice.

Some press reports from the time record that the constable was successful in pushing the youngster out of danger, although others state that the child was hit by a car.

PC Sergeant Denny said: "The grave restoration has been offered free of charge by two stonemasons, one I had already approached and one who heard the story.

"I think we should continue with the crowdfunding though so that we can make a charitable donation in Howard's memory."

Sgt Denny has managed to acquire permission to restore the grave from the constable's great grandnephew Mark Overton.

Mr Overton, who lives in Australia, has set up a memorial fundraising page for his ancestor.

He added that his cousin, who lives in England, hopes to attend the Mayor's civic ceremony on Saturday, April 14, where tributes will be paid to Mr Overton.

Steve Allard & Son Stonemasons, based in Callow End, will make Mr Overton's new headstone for for free.

Stonemasons of Worcester also offered to make a free headstone.

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