Politicians mourn for policeman killed in line of duty

The Mayor of London and the Home Secretary were among hundreds of mourners who paid their respects at the funeral service of a police officer who died after being run over on duty.

Police Constable Andrew Duncan, 47, last month died in hospital two days after being hit by a car while checking vehicle speeds in Sutton, south Lutton.

Braving wet and windy conditions, dozens of Pc Duncan’s colleagues formed a guard of honour outside St Mary’s church at East Molesey, Surrey.

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His wife Claire and children Adam and Emma held back tears as they followed his coffin into the church.

London Mayor Boris Johnson, Home Secretary Theresa May and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe were all in attendance.

Pc Duncan’s boss Chief Superintendent Glyn Jones described him as a leader and spoke of his skill as a policeman.

He recalled a particular incident where a routine traffic stop led to Pc Duncan solving a string of armed robberies.

“Andrew was exceptionally good at what he did,” Mr Jones said.

He said the public should honour Pc Duncan for his sacrifice.

“Andrew did his duty, and more, for the people of London and we in our turn will stand by Andrew’s family,” he said.

Sir Bernard described him as “hard-working and courageous”.

Pc Duncan’s sister Julia Williamson told mourners: “We are united in our grief for Andrew and we have all cried our hearts out in sorrow,” she said, her voice quivering.

“Andrew was a lovely man,” she said. “He was modest, reliable, honest, funny and down to earth.”

Ms Williamson said Pc Duncan, who had been wed for 23 years, married his wife at the same church he was being remembered at. “Nothing could have prepared any of us for losing Andrew,” she said. “He will stay in our hearts forever and will live on through Adam and Emma.”

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury whilst dangerous driving.