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Autumn 2020 Extra
A service of remembrance for road traffic victims in Warwickshire

A quick additional email newsletter this month to tell you about an event that is happening on Sunday (November 15), which I have organised as part of World Day of Remembrance for Road Death Victims.

The service takes place 'virtually' via my Facebook and YouTube channels at 3pm and brings together the key partners involved in road safety in the county, along with those who have lost loved ones on Warwickshire’s roads.

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (November 15) was started in the UK by the RoadPeace charity in 1993. It went onto become a global day of commemoration in 2005, when it was endorsed by the United Nations, making it a major advocacy day for road traffic injury prevention.

Originally our event was due to be held at St Mary's Church in Warwick, just opposite my offices. With the coronavirus pandemic and the new national lockdown restrictions we have instead moved it online, with the service pre-filmed with contributions from a range of different speakers, with an introduction from the Revd Vaughan Roberts from inside the church and a musical performance from the choir of St Mary’s. 

Nationally, some 1,800 people die on UK roads each year – more than twice the number of deaths from homicides and terrorism combined. A further 25,000+ people are seriously injured. Many are innocent victims.

In Warwickshire during 2019/20 34 people lost their lives on Warwickshire’s roads and a further 282 people were seriously injured as the result of a collision. Many of these will be someone’s husband, wife, child, friend or colleague.

Philip Seccombe and Councillor Andy Crump stand behind 34 pairs of shoes.
Councillor Andy Crump, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Fire & Rescue and Community Safety, joins me to promote the event outside St Mary’s Church in Warwick. Each of the pairs of shoes at the front represent a road death victim from Warwickshire during 2019/20.

Any single death on our roads is one too many and during the service we will be taking some time to consider the suffering, grief and loss felt by those individuals and families who have been affected. We will also take time to remember those who have survived but have been left with life changing injuries.

The impact on family and friends in every road death is immense and long-lasting. The ripple effects among whole communities can also be very significant and that’s why having a platform like this to bring people together in remembrance is something I have been keen to establish here in Warwickshire.

While we cannot physically be together, I hope that this online event will provide comfort to anyone grieving for a loved one while also giving a focus for all of the work that is being done to reduce the numbers of people who suffer this world-shattering experience.

As well as appreciating the devastating short and long term effects that sudden loss can bring and the support and assistance needed to help recover, the service will also ask those watching to join together in hope of change and to consider the potential for preventing road traffic collisions in future.

Alongside myself, speakers at the service include:

  • The Revd Vaughan Roberts – Vicar of St Mary’s Church, Warwick
  • Chief Constable Martin Jelley, Warwickshire Police
  • Chief Fire Officer Kieran Amos, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service
  • Councillor Andy Crump, Warwickshire County Council
  • Elaine Kennell, who tragically lost her daughter Trudi-Mae Kennell in a collision in Atherstone, Warwickshire in 2017. Trudi-Mae’s boyfriend Ryan and another of their friends also died in the collision.
Elaine's piece in particular, is very moving and powerful, so I do hope you can join us in what promises to be an uplifting and reflective event.
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Philip Seccombe TD
Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner

How to watch the service at 3pm on Sunday November 15

The event will be streamed on the my PCC Facebook and YouTube channels.  You can watch or sign up for a reminder ahead of time via the links below:
Watch via YouTube
Watch on Facebook
The videos will be available online through both channels after the service, in case you are unable to join us 'live' on Sunday afternoon.

You can follow the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims on social media @WDRemembrance or use the hashtag #WDoR2020.

For more information about the Word Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims visit and RoadPeace at

World Day of Remembrance logo

Contacting the OPCC

We are continuing to operate as normal, though our offices in Northgate Street, Warwick remain closed to the public and my staff are working remotely. You can continue to contact us as normal however by email at or by phone at 01926 412322.  Wherever possible, please try to contact us by email in the first instance, but please note that due to our revised working arrangements, it may take us longer than usual to provide you with a reply.

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