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Poignant Memorial Service to Fallen Police Officers

News Article, York, North Yorkshire

Article By: Dave Roberts

First Published: 30 September 2012

Home Secretary: Theresa May attended the annual Police Memorial Day at York Minster today, with thousands of serving police officers, ex-police officers, family and friends.

The poignant service was led by Archbishop of York: Dr John Sentamu who said: "We should never forget the work of our police service in our society, protecting citizens, preserving the peace and serving others in difficult situations. It is right that we pay tribute to their heroism and sacrifice in the line of duty.  We should be proud of our police and honour those that have fallen."

Prayers and dedications were read out including mentions of police officers Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes who were murdered earlier this month. Their funeral service will take place on Wednesday.

Rank and file officers were visibly moved by the memorial which is the 9th annual service, designed to remember every police officer killed since modern day policing began 175 years ago and aims to recognise the courage and dedication shown by all police officers across the UK.

Thousands of specially invited guests filled the pews inside the Minster, while a lone bugler played The Last Post, as blue heart shaped confetti cascaded from the roof of the Cathedral.

Outside members of the public gathered in respect.

 

 

 

 

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