31st July 2018

Perth Police HQ - by Ninian Reid via Flickr

31st July 2018

Congratulations to all the cyclists on the UK Police Unity Tour who have helped to raise more than £200,000 for the Care of Police Survivors

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Police officers who have died on duty – and their surviving family members – were remembered at the Care of Police Survivors (COPS) Annual Service of Remembrance.

Family, friends and colleagues joined members of the Police Family at the National Memorial Arboretum on Sunday 29 July to pay respects to officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

The name of PC John Alcock, of Grampian Police, was read out.

The soggy service in Staffordshire was attended by more than 800 people and events took place all weekend for surviving family members.

The service heard from relatives who had lost police officers on duty over the past 50 years.

John Fordham, son of DC John Fordham, who was stabbed to death on duty in 1985, told the service how important the COPS charity is for him.

He said: “My dad’s colleagues at Scotland Yard were as compassionate and helpful as they could have been and for that I will always be grateful. With hindsight I can see they were hurting too. My dad meant an awful lot to them as a colleague, as a professional and as a friend. However, there comes a time when the phone doesn’t ring so much.

“There comes a time when the doorbell no longer rings at unusual times of the day or night. And there comes a time when you’re left alone to pick up the many scattered pieces of your life.

“Care of Police Survivors did not exist in 1985.

“As you look at the person next to you and look around you, you will see that we are lucky people today. Lucky because we have at least one friend if we want. Lucky because we have a shoulder to cry on if we want. And I feel mostly lucky that we have someone to laugh with if we want to.”

Other police officers remembered this year were PC James “Dixie” Dixon, of Thames Valley Police, PC Dave Fields, of South Yorkshire Police, and PC Steve Jenkins, of Gwent Police.

Chief officers from all UK forces, the Home Office and staff associations were among those who took time to pay their respects and lay wreaths. The West Midlands Police band provided accompanying music.

Before the service, The Blue Knights motorcyclists arrived in procession to pay their respects. They were also joined by more than 300 members of the UK Police Unity Tour who had cycled up in convoy from across the UK. See MoreSee Less

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A Fife police officer is leaving his beat behind to paddle 600 miles down a river in one of the most remote parts of the world.

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John Nicol, 39, will canoe along the Yukon River from Whitehorse, in Canada, through the Yukon Territory to Eagle, in Alaska.

The epic voyage, which will involve 16 days of hard graft in the canoe and 15 nights of camping wild, will raise money for the Samaritans and Cancer Research UK.

Mr John and his nine team mates will have to look out for bears, moose and some of the biggest mosquitos in the world, as well as tackle lethal rapids.

He is also just learning to canoe, having limited experience of rowing.

John, of Inverkeithing, said: “I’m apprehensive and I’m absolutely sure that for the first couple of nights I’ll be sleeping with one eye open.

“But I’m exciting and it’s now getting to the stage it’s very real, it’s just days away rather than months.”

His adventure can be followed on Instagram @wecanyukon or Facebook at WeCanYukon or to donate visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/WeCanYukon.

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Hero officers who tackled terrorists during the London Bridge attack have been awarded the George Medal for gallantry.

Met PC Charlie Guenigault and British Transport Police PC Wayne Marques are to receive the honour – one of the highest that can be given.

British Transport Police Officer PC Leon McLeod is to receive the Queen’s Gallantry Medal.

The officers risked their lives protecting members of the public during last year’s horrific terrorist attack at London Bridge.

PC Guenigault was off duty at the time of the attack and went to the aid of PC Marques who had already been set upon by the terrorists.

He used his bare hands to fight the gang but received several knife wounds in the melee which left him in a critical condition. PC Marques only had a baton to protect himself and he too was stabbed multiple times.

His BTP colleague PC McLeod was stabbed in the eye and thigh after he gave chase to the knife-wielding killers.

Metropolitan Police Federation Chairman Ken Marsh said; “The incredible courage of PC Guenigault has today been recognised as he receives this illustrious and prestigious award.

“In the finest traditions of British Policing, Charlie ran towards the danger that night and his only thought was the protection of members of the public.

“He was outnumbered, off duty and unarmed and yet he still tackled the terrorists – it was an amazing act of bravery and we are so immensely proud of him for his actions. He is an absolute hero.”

British Transport Police Federation Chairman Nigel Goodband said he couldn’t be prouder of his heroic colleagues.

“We are delighted our colleagues PC Wayne Marques and PC Leon McLeod will be honoured in this way.

“Their outstanding and unwavering bravery saved lives and helped many people caught up in what was a devastating attack,” he said.

“They put their own lives on the line to protect the people of London.

“They are true heroes and we couldn’t be prouder of them.”

Twenty people in total have been approved by the Queen for awards to recognise their “outstanding bravery”. See MoreSee Less

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