Chief’s Week – w/c 16th March 2015

King Richard III’s reintermentCity Police Officers and horses

Day one of the reinterment of King Richard III took place on Sunday 22nd March, 2015 and the whole day was fantastic. I, along with thousands of other people, watched the cortege travel through Leicester and Leicestershire. Outside The Curve theatre, the crowd fell silent in respect as they passed by, and people threw white roses onto the coffin.  The atmosphere was electric. I grew up in Market Bosworth and the story of KRIII was part of my childhood, I never dreamed of seeing such events here in Leicester.

The cortege left the University of Leicester and travelled to Fenn Lane Farm.  From there it moved through the villages of Dadlington, Sutton Cheney, The Battle of Bosworth Heritage Centre, Market Bosworth, Newbold Verdon and Desford before arriving into the City Centre.  Thousands of people came out to witness this unique event.City Police Officers and horses at the Curve

Again the work of Leicestershire Police and our partners provided excellent support for such an event. So many people volunteered and gave up their own time to support the policing operation. Without the support of you all we could not have run this operation so smoothly.  I would like to thank each and every one of you. I must single out the many Special Constables who supported the work, and also the tireless efforts of the planning team led by CI Steve Potter.  Social media was very busy with #richardreburied giving a live time feed too, which we must think of in relation to other operational policing challenges.

The comments I have received from the public show the planning and hard work paid off.

‘Lots of richly deserved praise for @leicspolice on social media tonight. Great job all, discreet yet clearly present, a tough balance struck.’

‘Thank you for such fantastic support from your team in #MarketBosworth today over 7000 souls kept safe and happy #community.’Queues at the Cathedral

The pictures show the view I had from the Curve theatre on Sunday (22nd March). The queue to view the coffin that that formed on Monday morning (23rd March), was winding its way through the Cathedral to the Lanes!