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Memorial service to remember those who have died on our roads

News   •   Nov 08, 2018 17:52 GMT

The lives of those lost on the roads of Thames Valley will be commemorated at a special ceremony later this month.

The Joint Operations Roads Policing Unit will be holding the memorial service to support the family and friends of those who have died as a result of collisions on our roads.

The dedicated ceremony will be held to mark the United Nations Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims and it is believed that our Joint Operations Unit is unique in honouring the day in such a way.

It will take place at St Mary the Virgin Church in Church Road, Thame, at 3pm on Sunday, November 18, giving families the chance to remember their loved ones.

During the service, local dignitaries, police officers and colleagues from the ambulance and fire services will join members of the public in an Act of Commemoration.

Families who attended last year’s service said:

“We felt cared for and we welcomed the ways in which we were encouraged to take an active part in the service.”

“Although heart-breaking, it was an honour to be among such brave people and the dedicated emergency services.”

Thames Valley Chief Constable Francis Habgood said: “This service is an important event to remember all those people who have been affected by road traffic incidents and to pay tribute to the professionalism and courage of the police, fire, ambulance and medical teams.

“It’s so important not to forget the tragic consequences such incidents can have – on the victims themselves of course, but also on the families, friends and the emergency services who attend traumatic scenes and conduct complex and harrowing investigations.

“We welcome anyone who has been affected by the loss of someone on our roads to join us for this very moving ceremony.”

Anyone wishing to attend is asked to contact us via the email addresses below in advance. People of all faiths or no faith are welcome.

If you are interested in attending this service, please contact Elizabeth Richardson on 01865 854584 or email RDMS@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk.

Please note that due to changes in legislation, we are no longer able to hold information on our databases for people we have regularly invited to this service over the years. If you have attended services in the past, or indeed, if you would like to come along for the first time, then please get in touch via the details above.

In Thames Valley in 2017, 69 people were killed and 751 people were seriously injured on the roads.

Note to Editors:

If you would be interested in interviewing a representative about this service, we have available:

Chief Inspector Jim Upton (responsible for Road Policing specialisms across Hampshire and the Thames Valley. This includes the Serious Collision Investigation Unit and Family Liaison Officers). He is available between 10am and 12 noon on Friday, November 16.

Reverend Helen Arnold will be available between 10am and 1pm Thursday 15 November.

The Joint Operations Unit covers both Hampshire and Thames Valley force areas.

Please email mediaoffice@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk if you would like to arrange an interview.

A second ceremony is also taking place in Hampshire at Christ Church, Christchurch Road, Winchester, at 2.30pm on Sunday, November 18.