Mother's pride for blast officer
The mother of a young police officer killed by terrorists has spoken of her pride and sorrow as her son was remembered at a ceremony.
Constable Ronan Kerr, 25, died in April when an improvised explosive device detonated under his car outside his home in Omagh, Co Tyrone. He had started operational duty just four months earlier.
Speaking after a ceremony in Glasgow to mark the National Police Memorial Day, his mother Nuala Kerr said her son had died doing what he loved.
Fighting back tears, she said: "The fact that Ronan has been remembered means so much. He would have been proud - but he didn't want to be remembered in this way.
"His death has made a difference.
"We are so proud of him, but at the same time very sad as a family because of his death. We didn't expect to lose Ronan so soon. It has been very difficult for all of us. It is very sad that he was really good at his job and he didn't get to have the years doing what was his niche."
The lives of some 4,000 police officers who have given their lives in the line of duty since the birth of modern policing were remembered in the emotional service at the Royal Concert Hall.
Chief among those paying their respects was the Prince of Wales, who is the memorial day's patron.
In a foreword to the programme handed to the friends and families of the dead, Prince Charles wrote: "It is only right and proper that we honour the supreme valour and remarkable heroism that make the British police service respected and admired around the world.
"Day after day the brave men and women who police our nation place our safety above that of their own. All too often the extraordinary courage displayed by our police results in the ultimate sacrifice being paid. Those brave officers, who gave their all for us, deserve to be honoured and remembered."