Hundreds mourn Pc Gray, the hero policeman

Last updated at 12:38 18 May 2007

Hundreds of mourners paid their last respects today to a police officer shot dead as he defended his unarmed colleagues.

Pc Ricky Gray was gunned down by rat-catcher Peter Medlicott when he was called to a domestic dispute in Shrewsbury on May 6.

At his funeral at Shrewsbury Abbey, Pc Gray, whe served in the First Battalion the Black Watch for 16 years before joining the police, was afforded full police and military honours.

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PC Richard Gray

A procession led by a lone Black Watch piper and the West Mercia Constabulary standard bearer, and flanked by police motorcyclists, brought the constable's coffin through Shrewsbury town centre to the abbey.

Pc Gray's wife Jenny, whom he married in Venice last August, followed the coffin with 40 marching officers from Shrewsbury police station

The cortege passed the police station to allow colleagues of the constable unable to attend the service to pay their respects.

Members of the Black Watch Association, including three of his former comrades, carried Pc Gray's coffin into the abbey past a guard of honour formed by 14 of his police colleagues.

Inside the abbey, 700 mourners heard the Rev David Mawson, the West Mercia Constabulary chaplain, conduct the service while speakers relayed proceedings outside.

During his career as a police officer, the father of two received four police commendations and one judge's commendation for bravery, professionalism and outstanding policing.

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