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Police cycling team supporting COPS

Federation chairman Tiff Lynch and a number of Leicestershire Police Federation reps will be cycling 180 miles this weekend to raise money for a charity that supports the families of fallen officers.

Tiff and Fed reps Laura Millward, Emma Gilbert and Jon Carter-Lang will join a team of 30 officers and staff from Leicestershire Police to take part in the UK Police Unity Tour (UK PUT) national cycle ride and support Care of Police Survivors (COPS). They will be backed up by a support crew of seven people including Federation deputy chairman Mick Graham.

They will cycle in remembrance of colleagues who have lost their lives while serving the Force, and hope to raise more than 12,000 for the charity. Chief Constable Simon Cole and Assistant Chief Constable Phil Kay will be among the riders who will embark on the 180-mile route with Tiff and the team.

Each rider will be wear a blue metal wrist band with the name of a fallen colleague inscribed on it. The route ends at the National Arboretum in Alrewas where COPS will be hosting its annual family weekend and memorial service and the cyclists will meet with the deceased officers' families and hand over the wrist bands.

Tiff said: "This is going to be a massive challenge for me, but it is for such a worthy cause. The work that COPS do is vitally important to families who lose a loved one. I am sure I can put up with a few hours of pain and grit my teeth and dig deep to raise money and support the work they do."

Chief Constable Simon Cole said: "Colleagues and I are riding for COPS because it is important to remember those who have lost their lives serving their communities. This is a charity that sadly, in Leicestershire, has had to do its work supporting families of our colleagues lost in the line of duty. The East Midland Chapter of the Unity Tour has already raised more than 10,000 and is a massive commitment by them."

The team will start their ride at Force Headquarters, in Enderby tomorrow (Friday 29 July) and arrive at the arboretum on Sunday.

COPS supports the families of officers who have died in the line of duty. It ensures that survivors have all the help they need to cope with such tragedies and they remain as part of the police family.