Fallen PC remembered during police cycle tour

Rides paused to remember PC Jon Henry
Rides paused to remember PC Jon Henry

A wreath was laid on behalf of more than 70 police officers who paused to remember PC Jon Henry on Friday.

Officers taking part in the Police Unity Tour– a three day memorial cycle tour from New Scotland Yard, London, to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire– stopped off in George Street to pay tribute to the fallen officer, also meeting with PC Henry’s widow Mary and daughter Maggie.

PC Henry was stabbed while on duty on George Street in June 2007.

Ikechukwu Tennyson Obih was convicted of PC Henry’s murder in 2009, jailed for life and will serve at least 25 years.

During a short ceremony on Friday Beds Police’s sole rider in the tour, sergeant Michael Pinsent, presented Mary with a band he wore– which bore the dates of PC Henry’s birth and death.

Sgt Pinsent told Luton News: “It was an honour to represent the force and present the band.

“PC Henry gave his life and that needs to be remembered.

“It was good that we stopped off on the way to do this, it was very important.”

After stopping for refreshments laid on by Sainsbury’s in Bury Park, the cyclists continued the tour which has raised more than £40,000 for the Care of Police Survivors charity.