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MORE than a quarter of officers from Bexley, Bromley, Lewisham and Greenwich on duty on the day of Margaret Thatcher’s funeral were drafted in to help.

The 333 policemen and women represent 26 per cent of the 1,282 officers on duty across the four boroughs on April 17 as part of Operation True Blue.

The 92 officers sent from Lewisham mean more than 30 per cent of the borough’s on duty police that day were called upon to help with the former Prime Minister’s funeral cortege as it passed through central London.

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