VIXENS PAY RESPECTS TO TRAGIC POLICE OFFICER

VIXENS PAY RESPECTS TO TRAGIC POLICE OFFICER

By Gary Bird
17 August
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Black arm bands worn during friendly match


East London's ladies side the Vixens joined players from Barnes Ladies RFC in wearing black arm bands during their friendly match on Sunday (18 August) to honour fallen police officer Pc Andrew Harper.
Pc Harper, 28, was killed while responding to a report of a burglary in Berkshire. Barnes Ladies captain Hellie Barcroft invited the Vixens to join them in the tribute to PC Harper. She said: "We wanted to wear black arm bands to show our respect and solidarity for those who risk their lives for us every day. It means a lot that both teams were prepared to show their support in this way."
Vixens player Kat Salthouse said: "We thank Barnes Ladies for their invitation to be part of the tribute to Pc Harper who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
"Police officers, firefighters, ambulance workers and other uniformed services often find themselves in dangerous situations as they protect us. We thank them all for the bravery they show every day. East London RFC offers its condolences to the family and friends of Pc Harper."
Both sides also lined up together before the match at the Memorial Ground in West Ham for a period of quiet reflection.
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