Wiltshire police meet charity bike rider raising money for families of fallen officers and service personnel.
Paul Carter (pictured), aged 52, who was both a soldier and a prison officer, was so moved by the murders of Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone in Manchester and Drummer Lee Rigby in London that he decided to arrange a motorcycle ride in their memory.
As a member of the Blue Knights law enforcement motorcycle organisation, which includes members from the police, prison service, military and border agency, Paul has been joined along his route by many other bikers who wanted to support him and his cause.
The 2000 mile long journey began on Monday 22 July in Manchester, visiting 39 police force headquarters throughout England over six days. Paul will also be visiting the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers at Woolwich Barracks.
Paul is travelling on a Honda ST1300 bike which has been loaned to him for the charity ride by Hunts Motorcycles, based in the north west of England.
Paul Carter said: “I have reached 1300 miles so far in my journey and it has been a delight to drive through Wiltshire. It is a truly beautiful county. I felt so moved by the tragedy of the recent murders of Nicola Hughes, Fiona Bone and Lee Rigby, that I really wanted to do something to honour them and their families who have suffered such terrible loss.
Pictured left to right: PS Barrie Card, Mark Amis from Royal British Legion Riders, PS Craig Hardy, Paul Carter, Insp Steve Cox.
The money I will raise will be going to UKCOPS and the Royal British Legion to support the families of fallen officers and service personnel.
I have met so many wonderful people so far and it was great to be escorted by Wiltshire police traffic officers whilst I drove through the county.”
Inspector Steve Cox, Head of Roads Policing said: “We were happy to support Paul in his charity ride across Wiltshire and help raise awareness of these charities and how they help families. I think it is a great way of honouring those who have lost their lives needlessly.
I would encourage anyone who is also moved by the tragedy of these deaths to think about giving a little to assist the families of those who give their lives in the course of their service to the British public.”
Donations can be given on-line via www.blueknightsengland5.co.uk/charity