The Police Unity Tour stopped off in the county on Friday to pay respects to PC Jon Henry, killed in the line of duty in 2007.
The tour is a hundred-strong group of cyclists made up of police officers and staff from all over the country riding in memory of colleagues who have died while on duty.
Keen cyclist Sgt Mick Pinsent represented Bedfordshire Police on the ride and was delighted to be awarded the tour’s “Rider’s Rider” for spending much of his time helping less experienced colleagues who were finding the going rather tough!
Each rider, some seasoned cyclists and other total novices, represented a specific fallen officer and carried a bracelet with his or her name inside it.
The tour set off on Friday morning from Metropolitan Police headquarters New Scotland Yard
and arrived 163 miles later at Staffordshire’s National Arboretum in time for Sunday’s
annual memorial service for officers who have died in service.
On the way, the group stopped at Jon’s memorial stone in George Street to meet his widow Mary and her daughter Maggie and to present a Unity tour bracelet to them. Jon was stabbed in George Street shortly after arriving on duty one morning, as he protected the public from a man armed with a knife.
Despite both beating sunshine and torrential rain, the team managed to complete the tour to raise £40,000 for the charity Care of Police Survivors. CoPS provides families of officers killed on duty with both practical and emotional support.
The tour also stopped at Sainsbury’s in Biggleswade for refreshments.
If you want to make a donation to this charity, you can still donate via Mick’s
page https://www.justgiving.com/michael-pinsent/ or through https://www.justgiving.com/