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Dyfed Powys hold memorial for Sergeant who died in cycling collison

Dyfed-Powys has held a memorial service for Sergeant Lynwen Thomas who died in a cycling accident last week to honour her life and to give thanks for her service.

Sgt Thomas, who was 37-years-old, died on Thursday 25 February after a collision with a van on the A40.

The van driver was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, and then released on bail.

Sgt Thomas was based at the force's headquarters in Llangunnor and before that had worked in the Pembrokeshire division.

Speaking from the Memorial Garden at HQ Temporary Chief Constable Claire Parmenter described the joy she brought to her colleagues and the force’s collective sorrow from her loss.

“That joy we will forever cherish; the memories of her will never die,” T/CC Parmenter said.

A minute’s silence was also held to remember Sgt Thomas and think of her loved ones.

Chief Inspector Elaine Bendle then read a poem entitled For Lynwen, describing her former colleague as a hero and “the most selfless woman by far”.

Retired force chaplain Tom Evans and Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn closed the service with a prayer and grace.

Former chief constable Mark Collins, who retired last week, said: "A terribly sad day for all at Dyfed Powys. An incredibly talented young officer. My sincere condolences to Lynwen's family, friends and colleagues." 

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