Thousands honour policeman killed in London attack

Observer Report

Thousands of police officers attended the funeral in London on Monday of Keith Palmer, the policeman stabbed to death in a terror attack outside the British parliament last month.
Officers lined the cortege route from the Houses of Parliament, where his body lay in rest on Sunday in a rare honour normally granted to senior politicians.
The service took place across the River Thames in Southwark Cathedral, with Palmer´s wife and five-year-old daughter in attendance.
Normally bustling streets in central London were at a standstill for the procession, led by the hearse with a floral tribute reading “No 1 Daddy”.
Officers wearing dress uniform with white gloves and medals stood with heads bowed during a two-minute silence at the start of the service.
Some 5,000 officers from around the country took part, along with Cressida Dick, the first female head of London´s Metropolitan Police.
Palmer, 48, was killed on March 22 by a 52-year-old convert to Islam, Khalid Masood, as he stood guard outside parliament.
Masood attacked Palmer after he had driven into pedestrians nearby, killing three and fatally injuring a fourth. He was shot dead by an armed officer.

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