THE widow of PC Andrew Harper has written a poem in memory of her husband as memorial services were held today ahead of the first anniversary of his death.

In the poem, Lissie Harper said she was lucky to be his wife and described him as "kind and strong without venom or greed".

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Thames Valley Police officers gathered at Newbury police station this morning and simultaneous services were also held in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, and at a police training centre in Sulhamstead, attended by members of PC Harper's family.

Addressing the gathered officers at Newbury police station, Inspector Al Hawkett read the poem written by Lissie before he placed a wreath at the base of a half-mast flag outside of the station.

The poem read: "The whole world knows your name and the life that was taken.

"Yet it's me that feels the pain every time I awaken.

"The friendliest giant, you became known to all.

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"Many hearts were broken when they heard of your fall."

It continued: "They will remember you now, so honest and true.

"King among men, forever dressed in blue.

"You're a hero now my boy don't you see.

"The truth is my love, you always were to me, Lissie."