24th April 2019

Perth Police HQ - by Ninian Reid via Flickr

24th April 2019

“It is surprising that the PIRC makes no comment on what officers should have done, rather they criticised what was done.

“Clearly PIRC would have preferred officers physically tackled this individual where a violent struggle, and risk of serious injury, was inevitable.

“I want to place on record the appreciation of the SPF to the officers who resolved this incident without anyone being injured.

“They are a credit to the communities they serve.”

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Tragic news from Lancashire – thoughts with colleagues in Lancashire Police mounted unit and our injured colleague.


A police horse has died outside of Blackpool FC’s Bloomfield Road stadium after being injured

The horse, called Morecambe, came into contact with a metal pole on Seasiders Way at around 5:20pm following the Fylde coast derby.

As a result he suffered a serious injury to his stomach and despite receiving urgent medical attention from a vet, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Morecambe’s rider has been taken by air ambulance to Royal Preston Hospital with some injuries. It is believed he fell into the side of a horse box after Morecambe was injured.

Ch Insp Sue Bushell of Lancashire Constabulary’s Mounted branch, said: “We are all completely devastated by the loss of Morecambe in such tragic circumstances.

“The horses are a big part of our police family and Morecambe will be sorely missed by his riders and many colleagues from across the force.

“Our thoughts remain with our injured colleague at this extremely difficult time.”

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After her experience in “Famous and Fighting Crime”, Penny Lancaster has become a Patron for Care of Police Survivors.

Penny said: “COPS is an amazing charity, having experienced first-hand how difficult, stressful and potentially dangerous policing can be I realised immediately the importance of their work. I am delighted to join them as a Patron.”

During filming for Famous and Fighting Crime Penny was threatened with being stabbed by a suspected shoplifting drug addict she had chased.

Penny said: “I can only imagine the agony of losing a loved one who dies while working for the police. The role is so full-on that family members are certainly invested in the job which makes the impact even worse when something happens.

“The fact that COPS help those families to rebuild their shattered lives is amazing and something I am proud to help with.”

Chair of Trustees, Sir Peter Fahy, said: “We are delighted to welcome Penny as a patron, her experiences with Famous and Fighting Crime have obviously given her insight to the tough job of policing and an appreciation of the devastating impact a death on duty has on a family.”

The regular panellist on ITV’s Loose Women show has even considered joining the police after her experience on the Channel 4 programme. She said: “It’s such a difficult job, but the camaraderie and team work coupled with the knowledge you are making a difference make it very rewarding.”

COPS was founded in 2003 by Christine Fulton MBE and retired Strathclyde police officer Jim McNulty nine years after Christine’s husband, PC Lewis Fulton, died on duty when he was stabbed in an incident in Glasgow.

The charity enables the families, who refer to themselves as survivors, to support each other as well as providing them access to counselling services. Built around a peer-support model the charity supports more than 400 survivors who have lost a family member while they were serving with the police.

COPS National President Denis Gunn, whose son Richard died on duty responding to an emergency call 15 years ago, said: “Only a survivor can fully understand what another survivor endures, that shared experience is the basis of our peer support programme.”

The charity holds a number of events each year for the survivors including an Annual Survivor Weekend which culminates with a remembrance service at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. See MoreSee Less

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