Funeral at Wakefield Cathedral for M1 police officer Mark Goodlad

PC Mark Goodlad
PC Mark Goodlad

THE FUNERAL of a police officer who died in the line of duty takes place today.

PC Mark Goodlad, 41, died after he was hit by a lorry as he helped a stranded motorist on the M1.

The incident happened on the hard shoulder of the motorway near to Crigglestone on Monday, October 24.

An orange Scania lorry was involved in a collision with a BMW X5 police car and a grey Suzuki Swift.

PC Goodlad, who was a road traffic officer, was in between the two vehicles, helping the 51-year-old female Suzuki driver.

The funeral cortege will travel from the police base at Carr Gate to Wakefield Cathedral, via West Yorkshire Police Headquarters at Laburnum Road in the city centre, where mounted officers will join the procession.

The cortege will take a salute from Assistant Chief Constable Geoff Dodd as it passes the war memorial on Laburnum Road, at about 1.40pm. Police Officers and Staff will line the road.

It will then travel to Wakefield Cathedral, via Rishworth Street and Wood Street, for the service at 2pm.

The Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, Sir Norman Bettison and Chair of the Police Authority, Coun Mark Burns-Williamson will attend the service which be followed by a cremation.

A 44-year-old lorry driver, from the Oldham area, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving following the accident and released on bail pending further inquiries.