21/07/2017

Fallen Police Officers Remembered on Gruelling Cycle Journey

Police officers killed in the line of duty are to be remembered as a team of serving officers embark on a gruelling 225 mile cycle journey from York.

Police officers killed in the line of duty are to be remembered as a team of serving officers embark on a gruelling 225 mile cycle journey from York.

The Unity Tour raises money for the national charity, Care of Police Survivors, and several groups across the country take part. A north-east contingent will start their three-day journey from York Minster to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire on July 28th.

The team includes Cleveland Police Chief Constable Iain Spittal and Humberside Police Chief Constable Lee Freeman alongside ten police officers from Cleveland, Humberside, Durham Constabulary and West Yorkshire Police.

Each rider will wear a memorial wristband inscribed with the name and information of a police officer who died in the line of duty, which they will carry to the finish line.

Cleveland Police Chief Constable Iain Spittal is riding in memory of Glenn Goodman, a North Yorkshire Police Special Constable who was murdered in 1992 by an IRA gunman. Mr. Spittal was on duty as a police constable in North Yorkshire the night Glenn was tragically killed.

To commemorate the life of Glenn Goodman, the Chief Constable will pause on route to meet with Glenn’s family to lay flowers at his memorial in Tadcaster.

Chief Constable Iain Spittal said: “This is a really poignant ride as it not only raises money for such an important charity, but acts as a reminder of the ultimate price that some police officers pay in dedicating their lives to public service.

“I’m honoured and proud to be riding in memory of Glenn Goodman, the day he died has stayed with me throughout my police service and I will always remember the shock and devastation after his brutal murder. It will be humbling to meet with Glenn’s family at his memorial and pay my respects.”

Richie Murray from the Cleveland Police Federation is also riding in the Unity Tour, he said: “We have had tremendous support from family, colleagues and members of the public, which will really spur us to the finish. It will be a challenging ride, but the cause is so important that we are determined to make the journey in good time.”

The Chief Constable can be sponsored through this Just Giving website https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/iain-spittal