King Richard III’s reinterment
The focus of last week was of course the reinterment of King Richard III. With the eyes of the world watching on Sunday, the King’s remains travelled from Fenn Lane Farm in Upton – where he is thought to have died, and on through the county eventually arriving in the city centre. His body then lay in state at Leicester Cathedral until Thursday’s reinterment.
I don’t think any of us could have estimated how many people would have visited the cathedral and the city last week – there were queues of up to 4 hours!
The city centre DNT did a brilliant job of engaging with the crowds and the overall policing of the events from officers all over the county was fantastic. Here is one such colleague, PCSO Jane Elton proudly keeping Benedict Cumberbatch safe!
I was also proud to have been able to represent the organisation alongside Sir Clive Loader at the reinterment on Thursday and the reveal on Friday.
ACC Phil Kay and Chief Inspector Steve Potter who have been planning the policing of this event for months were also at the reveal on Friday. I was grabbed and asked for my reactions as I left the Cathedral; it gave me the opportunity to say thank you to all who were involved.
You can view our social media activity for #RichardReburied on our Storify page https://storify.com/leicspolice/king-richard-iii-reinterment
Chief Constable’s Awards
Another reason to be proud last week was the Chief Constable’s Award Ceremony. I was able to present several awards to officers and members of the public from long service thanks, to acts of bravery. One recipient flew from India to accept his award for saving the life of a colleague attacked by an axe man as the Head of the Namdari group worshipped with his followers in Leicester.
On the subject of awards ACC Phil Kay received the honour of being named Midland’s top ‘Straight Ally’ by Stonewall on Wednesday evening. The force also received recognition for their work with the LGBT communities and other emergency services in the formation of the 999 LGBT Network. Well done to all involved.
The Leicester Glows celebration was fantastic, and I attended with my family. As well as policing the event I saw many off duty colleagues enjoying promenading through the packed streets.
On Sunday I welcomed Radio Leicester’s ‘Clueless’ Show to HQ. They found themselves admiring our truncheons and tip staves, before joining Kim Attwood and Police Dog Star in the kennels.