Leicestershire Police is to take part in the UK Police Unity Tour (UK PUT) national cycle ride to honour the service and sacrifice of fallen UK police officers.
More than 30 police officers and staff from the force who form the East Midlands Chapter of the Tour, will cycle 180 miles in remembrance of those Leicestershire colleagues who tragically lost their lives while serving the force.
Chief Constable Simon Cole, and Assistant Chief Constable Phil Kay are among the team of riders who will embark on the 180 mile route to acknowledge the 180th anniversary of Leicestershire Police.
Having already raised £10,000 the team is hoping to raise in excess of £12,000 for the charity Care of Police Survivors (COPS).
COPS is a charity that supports the families of officers who have died in the line of duty. They ensure that survivors have all the help they need to cope with such tragedies and they remain as part of the police family.
The team will start their ride at Force Headquarters, in Enderby on Friday 29 July, and cycle to a memorial service at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, on Sunday 31 July.
Each rider will be wearing a blue metal wrist band with the name of a fallen colleague they will be cycling in honour of. At the memorial service riders will meet with the deceased officers’ families and give them the wrist bands.
Chief Constable Simon Cole said: “Colleagues and I are riding for COPS because it is important to remember those who have lost their lives serving their communities. This is a charity that sadly, in Leicestershire, has had to do their work supporting families of our colleagues lost in the line of duty. The East Midland Chapter of the Unity Tour has already raised over £10,000 and is a massive commitment by them.”
Last month, the force issued an appeal to trace relatives of ten fallen officers who died while on duty, so they could be part of the memorial service. So far relatives for three officers have been traced, including the relative of Temporary Sergeant Cyril Thoroughgood, who Chief Constable Simon Cole is riding in Honour of.
Mr Cole added: “I will be riding for Cyril who was a local officer working in Syston. He was only 29 years old when he was murdered by terrorists in Cyprus on 28 September 1956, while on a policing detachment out there. Cyril was buried in Wayne’s Keep Military Cemetery in Cyprus.”
Iris Wickett was delighted when she was contacted by officers after being traced as the sister of the late Cyril Thoroughgood. She said: “I was surprised to hear about this bike ride and I would like to thank Chief Constable Simon Cole for riding in honour of my brother. I wish him the best of luck and I hope he has good weather.”
The force are still trying to trace relatives of seven officers. If you are a relative of any of the below officers, contact Dominique Allen on 101:
- Sergeant Thomas Biggins, Leicester Borough Police, died 9 June 1879, aged 51. Collapsed in the street and died of heart failure during a police funeral.
- Police Constable William Henry Wells, Leicester Borough Police, died 21 November 1906, aged 31. Found drowned in a canal on night duty in suspicious circumstances.
- Detective Sergeant Leonard Thomas Norman, Leicester City Police, died 20 November 1940, aged 34. Directly hit and killed by a bomb on his incident post during an air raid.
- Detective Constable Edwin George Trump, Leicester City Police, died 20 November 1940, aged 26. Directly hit and killed by a bomb on his incident post during an air raid.
- Police Constable John Percy Newell, Leicestershire and Rutland Constabulary, died 27 January 1956, aged 28. Fatally injured in a motorcycle accident while returning home from duty.
- Police Constable Thomas George Barrett, Leicestershire Constabulary, died 15 August 1886, aged 36. Beaten to death by a man he spoke to about nonpayment of a fine.
- Police Constable Nicolas Edward M. Archer, Leicestershire Constabulary, died 22 April 1984, aged 28. Killed when struck by a car while escorting a large crowd at night.
For the complete list of fallen officers from Leicestershire Constabulary and the former constituent forces of Leicester Borough Police, Leicester City Police and Leicestershire and Rutland Constabulary click here.
You can follow @PoliceTour for updates during the trip.
If you would like to donate you can do through the Just Giving page.
Source:: Leicestershire Police News