National Police Memorial Day

The congregation at the National Police Memorial Service. Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Home Secretary Theresa May has joined hundreds of police to remember officers who have died on duty, including the two Pcs killed two weeks ago in Manchester. Dozens of chief constables packed into York Minster, together with colleagues of all ranks and the families of officers who have died, for a service to mark National Police Memorial Day.

Speaking as he arrived outside The Minster, the chief constable of Greater Manchester, Sir Peter Fahy, said the recent deaths of Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes in the Mottram area of his force made the day even more poignant.

Female officers from Great Manchester Police comfort each other. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

"It does give it a special poignancy because it's close after the deaths of Fiona and Nicola but the important thing today really is remembering all the officers who have given their lives during the year.

"I cannot tell you how much we have been uplifted by the public response, it has been quite extraordinary. It really does show the level of support for ordinary officers going about their day to day business."

– Sir Peter Fahy, Chief Constable, Greater Manchester Police

One of the most moving parts of the ceremony was when petals were dropped from the cathedral's triforium as the orchestra played Abide With Me and The Last Post was played by a trumpeter. The address was given by the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, who described fallen police officers as "the bravest of the brave".

Among the other officers remembered by the 2,000 people inside The Minster was Pc Ian Dibell, who was killed near his home in Clacton, Essex, while intervening in a row in July. He was not on duty at the time.

Many members of the police force killed in our region have also been remembered. These include:

PC Norman Garnham, who was the first officer killed from North Yorkshire Police. He had completed his shift and was actually off duty on March 1977 when he stopped a youth following a domestic disturbance. Norman was stabbed and died from his injuries. The youth was arrested a short time later.

PC Sharon Beshenivsky, who in 2005 became the seventh female officer in Great Britain to be killed while on duty when she was shot by a gang during a robbery in Bradford. She had been serving for nine months, had three children and two stepchildren, and died on her youngest daughter's fourth birthday.

PC David Haigh, who was the first victim of Barry Prudom before a huge manhunt was launched in North Yorkshire in 1982.

PC Glenn Goodman, who was 37 when he was shot on the A64 near Tadcaster on June 7 1992 after stopping a car to make a routine check. He died in hospital later that day. Paul Magee, a member of the IRA, was sentenced to life imprisonment in March 1993 for the murder of Mr Goodman.

PC Glenn Robinson who died on July 27 2005 in a motorcycle accident while on his way home from duty in North Yorkshire.

PC Keith Summerbell, who died on September 20 1982 aged 26. He was killed in a collision with a lorry while on a motorcycle training course in North Yorkshire.

PC Mark Goodlad who died after being hit by a lorry while going to the aid of the woman who had broken down on the hard shoulder of the M1 near Wakefield in October 2011. The officer, 41, from Goole, East Yorkshire, left a wife and teenage son.