HUNDREDS of police officers, dog handlers, members of the armed forces and members of the public lined the streets of Burnley this afternoon to pay their respects to a much-loved constable on the day of his funeral.

A cortege and guard of honour for PC Tony Tharme, who died after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, took place along Red Lion Street and onto Parker Lane at 11.30am.

Officers from Lancashire’s dog unit, the mounted branch and tactical operations team along with constables, sergeants and detectives were all in attendance.

The 50-year-old rugby player and golfer, who had been a police officer for 15 years after two decades working in the NHS, died at home on Friday, September 21.

He leaves his wife and fellow police officer Nicola, son Gabriel, stepdaughter Emily, mother Barbara, and brothers Matt and Pete.

PC Tharme was awarded a commendation in 2014 after entering a burning building on Accrington Road, pulling the occupant from the smoke-filled attic to safety.

A celebration of Mr Tharme’s life later took place at Burnley Rugby Club.