Hampshire & Isle of Wight

PC Steve Rawson crash death: Funeral takes place

The scene of the crash on Thomas Lewis Way
Image caption PC Rawson was not involved in a pursuit or responding to a 999 call

Police officers have held a minute's silence to remember a colleague killed in a crash in Southampton.

PC Steve Rawson, whose funeral took place earlier, was riding an unmarked motorbike when it was involved in a collision with a BMW outside the Shell garage in Thomas Lewis Way on 3 April.

The 40-year-old, who was based in Fareham, was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Flags across Hampshire Constabulary were flown at half mast on Monday.

Officers in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight fell silent at 14:45 BST to coincide with the PC's private funeral.

'Sorely missed'

Hundreds of people, including colleagues from police forces across the UK, have signed an online book of condolence for PC Rawson, and donations running into the thousands have been received into a fund for his family.

He leaves a wife and two young children.

In paying tribute to PC Rawson, Chief Constable Andy Marsh said he would "be sorely missed but never forgotten".

"Hampshire Constabulary is poorer for his loss," he added.

Police and crime commissioner Simon Hayes said: "His death has affected us all, and brought home the danger faced by officers in the course of their duty."

The investigation into the crash is ongoing and no arrests have been made.

PC Rawson was on duty at the time but was not involved in a pursuit or responding to a 999 call.

The driver of the BMW is now out of hospital after suffering serious injuries.

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