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Funeral Of Officer Shot In Training

The funeral of a Lancashire policeman accidentally shot dead in a training exercise will take place today. Family, friends and colleagues will gather for the final farewell of the father of two. Pc Ian Terry, 32, was shot in the chest at a disused warehouse in Manchester on 9 June. He was rushed to North Manchester General Hospital, where attempts to save his life failed. He has been described as "the best dad" to his children Lauren, four, and John. A full police funeral is being held at St John the Evangelist Church in Worsthorne, Burnley. Acting Chief Constable of Greater Manchester, Dave Whatton said Mr Terry had "a deserved reputation for professionalism, competency and credibility as a specialist firearms officer". Pc Terry had been playing the role of a criminal in a getaway car during a role-play exercise with armed officers when he was shot. It is understood he was not wearing body armour and an Independent Police Complaints Commission investigation is underway. Pc Terry had been a firearms officer with the Greater Manchester Police since 2002 after joining the police force in 1997.

Funeral Of Boys In Footballer Crash

The funeral of two young brothers killed on the M6 in an accident with a footballer will take place later today. Ben Peak, eight and Arron, ten, died after a road collision near Keele services in Staffordshire on June 7. Plymouth Argyle goalkeeper Luke McCormick, was arrested and charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol. He is currently on bail. The service will be held at Our Lady of St Lourdes, Chapel Lane in Partington, at 1.30pm. It is understood the youngsters were on a family day out to Silverstone in a Toyota Previa people carrier with their father and three friends, when it left the carriageway. It is understood the victims' car careered down an embankment and ran into trees at the bottom. Their father, Phil Peak, 37, who was driving, suffered a broken back and neck in the crash and was treated at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire. The three other occupants of the vehicle were treated in hospital for minor injuries. The boy's mother Amanda, attended McCormick's first court appearance at Fenton Magistrates's court in Stoke-on-Trent last week. McCormick, from Coventry, is a former England youth international.


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