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Dog suite opened in PC Mark Goodlad's honour

PC Mark Goodlad's son opening the new dog suit

A West Yorkshire police officer who died in 2011 has been honoured by the force's Dogs Section.

PC Mark Goodlad, a Road Policing Officer, was waiting to start work as a Dog Handler - he had passed the assessment at the time of his death. He was killed in a road traffic collision after he stopped to help a member of the public at the road side.

He has now been honoured with the opening of the Goodlad Suite at the Dogs Section and a plaque marks the entrance.

The suite will be used for dogs about to give birth.

Superintendent Pat Casserly said: "We don't need a plaque to remember Mark - his memory is still very strong here.

"It was such an easy decision to name the new suite in his honour and we hope it reflects his commitment to his role as Roads Policing Officer and his aspiration to become a Dog Handler."

Money for the plaque and redeveloping the suite came from donations from Mark's friends and colleagues. The first dog to use the suite will be Milly, who is expecting puppies any day.

Trucker jailed over PC's motorway death

A lorry driver has been jailed for killing a police officer when his truck strayed onto the hard shoulder of the M1 motorway. PC Mark Goodlad - described as a one in a billion - was struck down by the HGV moments after he'd pulled up to help a motorist who'd got a flat tyre.

Andrew Abernethy was locked up for two years and nine months after he admitted causing death by dangerous driving. David Hirst reports.


PC Mark Goodlad: man due to be sentenced

PC Mark Goodlad

PC Mark Goodlad died after being hit by a vehicle as he helped a stranded motorist on a motorway hard shoulder in West Yorkshire.

Andrew Abernethy, 45, from Oldham, has admitted causing death by dangerous driving and is due to be sentenced today at Leeds Crown Court.

He was driving a Scania articulated lorry, which hit a marked BMW X5 police car and a grey Suzuki Swift on the southbound carriageway of the M1, near the village of Crigglestone, in October last year.

The police car and the Suzuki were both stationary on the hard shoulder and officers said PC Goodlad, from Goole, was between the two vehicles, helping the 51-year-old woman who had been driving the Suzuki.


Lorry driver admits to killing West Yorkshire PC

A lorry driver has admitted causing the death of a PC who was hit by a vehicle as he helped a stranded motorist on a motorway hard shoulder in West Yorkshire. Leeds Crown Court heard it still has not been established why Andrew Abernethy's truck left the M1, near Wakefield, trapping PC Mark Goodlad.

Prosecutors said the incident showed classic signs of being a "sleep-related" collision but investigators found no evidence of this. The court heard that the defendant maintains he was distracted because he had a pain in his eye.

45-year-old Abernethy from Oldham admitted causing death by dangerous driving and will be sentenced next month.

Police death court appearance

A lorry driver has appeared in court over the death of a police officer in West Yorkshire.

PC Mark Goodlad died as he helped a stranded motorist on the hard shoulder of the M1 at Crigglestone in October 2011.

Andrew Abernethy is charged with causing death by dangerous driving. During the short, 4 minute hearing at Wakefield Magistrates' Court no plea was entered and he was remanded on bail to appear at Leeds Crown Court on June 20.

PC Goodlad's widow, Helen, was seen visibly trembling throughout the hearing. The prosecution said this is a "grave and weighty matter".

PC Goodlad was an officer with West Yorkshire Police for ten years.