Oxford

Road death victims commemorated at service

St Mary the Virgin Church, Thame
Image caption Family members were invited to take part in an act of commemoration during the service

A service for families and friends of victims of traffic accidents has been held in Oxfordshire.

The multi-faith service, organised by Thames Valley Police, was led by its force chaplain, David Wilbraham.

Police officers, fire and rescue workers, paramedics, ambulance technicians and hospital staff gave readings during the service.

The annual memorial service took place at St Mary the Virgin Church, Thame.

Chief Constable Sara Thornton said: "The service is always very moving but I know that it also provides a great comfort for those family and friends who have lost loved ones in road traffic collisions."

In 2011, 73 people were killed in motor vehicle accidents in the Thames Valley Police jurisdiction, according to the force.

The service, which has taken place since 2005, is believed to be the only service of its kind in the UK organised by a police force.

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