Police and Crime Commissioner Praises Emergency Response

Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Lord Willy Bach, has praised the work of all the emergency services and support organisations in the aftermath of the horrific helicopter crash on Saturday night which killed five people.

The Commissioner and his Deputy Kirk Master returned to King Power Stadium on Sunday to show their support for those working on and around the crash site as well as those who were paying their respects.  Both have been kept fully briefed as the week has progressed.

Willy Bach said: “We found a very emotional scene with of all kinds of treasured belongings being laid on the ground in memory of the victims.  As well as beautiful floral tributes, there were football shirts, caps, scarves and other memorabilia.  It was quite an overwhelming sight.

“After five days, many people, not just the football community, are still in shock at this tragic incident and deeply saddened at the loss of life of those on-board.

“I am one of them, but I am also full of admiration for all those who rushed to help.  Police officers, special constables, police staff, police volunteers, fire and rescue colleagues, the control room staff, family liaison officers, investigators and paramedics worked as one team and it was hugely impressive.  I know that some risked their own lives in a bid to save those on-board.

“And we must not forget those still involved in this incident who are doing an amazing job.  I praise their compassion and ongoing commitment.

The Commissioner and his team will lay a wreath in memory of the victims at King Power Stadium tomorrow (Friday 2 Nov) at 12 noon. 

“Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha gave so much to this City - both on and off the pitch – and like many Leicester City fans I feel a sense of personal loss. But my thoughts are with the families of all the victims.”



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Posted on Thursday 1st November 2018
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