On Wednesday 25th September 10 year old Melissa Tate was knocked down and killed in an alleged hit and run accident in the Kenton area of Newcastle.

Melissa was buried last week and tributes were paid to her regarding her membership of the mini police.


Melissa Tate

– Sergeant Nicola MacGregor, Northumbria Police Mini-Police lead said:

‘Melissa could always be relied upon to be mature, showed great listening skills and encouraged her peers to take part as fully as she did.’

She added: "As a member of our extended police family, we will continue to help both her family and the school in any way we can."

Melissa's mother Kim and her father Michael spoke of their pride at Melissa joining the Mini Police. Kim said:

"Melissa was so excited to be part of the Mini Police and I was so proud that I saw her in her uniform

"She was a really kind girl who just wanted to help people so it didn't surprise me she wanted to be part of it.

"The fact that she wanted to help the police keep her friends and family safe does make me smile but it was just the kind of person she was. 

We miss her so much and it is still difficult to come to terms with the fact that she isn't here any more.’

In his opening speech at this years Lord Ferrers Awards, celebrating volunteers in policing, the Policing Minister, Kit Malthouse MP paid special tribute to Melissa for her commitment and work as part of the Mini-Police. 

Kit Malthouse
Policing Minister pays tribute
Funeral of Melissa Tate
Hundreds gathered at Melissa's funeral to pay their respects Credit: NCJ Media

A 23-year-old man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving. He appeared in court last month and will appear at Newcastle Crown Court at a later date.

The thoughts and prayers of all the VPC family go out to Melissa’s family and her friends and we hope her memory will live on in the great work that the Mini Police do every day in their schools and communities.