Monday 11 December 2017

Police officers from across the UK are paying tribute to PC Keith Palmer

By Taylor Heyman

The ambulance and fire services also joined the cortege route to pay their respects.

Police officers lined the route of Pc Keith Palmer’s funeral cortege on Monday to pay their respects to the officer who died defending parliament from a terror attack.

Pc Palmer, 48, was stabbed to death by Khalid Masood who attempted to enter parliament after mowing down dozens of people with a car on Westminster Bridge. After mounting his attack on Palmer, Masood was shot and killed by an armed police officer.

The 2.6-mile route wound through London’s streets from the Palace of Westminster to Southwark Cathedral. The Met said more than 5,000 officers from the force and across the country were expected to gather in central London for the service and to line the route, which has seen dozens of roads closed to traffic for hours.

On Sunday night, police officers were sharing their preparations for paying tribute to Pc Palmer on Twitter.

Representatives from police forces across the UK travelled to London to pay their respects.

Other emergency services also paid tribute to the police officer, whose name has been added to the roll of honour and remembrance at a ceremony at the National Police Memorial on The Mall, in central London, complete with a guard of honour.

Those who couldn’t be there in person shared messages of condolence using the hashtag #StandForKeith.

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