Monday, 26 September 2016

Their memories live on….. in bricks and mortar

_91357047_oldhqOfficers from Durham Constabulary who lost their lives in the line of duty are to have their memories live on in bricks and mortar.
A new housing development on the site of the old police headquarters at Aykley Heads, will have streets named after the fallen officers.
The first two - Woodward Way and Maddison Court - reflect two men killed in 1958 and 1997.
Four others will refer to men who died between 1927 and 1982.
Aykley Woods development, by Persimmon Homes, is where the force's base was from 1968, until it become too costly to maintain.
'Fitting tribute'
The force's new £14m HQ was opened by the Princess Royal in May 2015.
Chief Constable Mike Barton said: "It seems a very fitting tribute to those who lost their lives protecting the public of County Durham and Darlington that they are remembered at a place so important to Durham Constabulary and our history."
The six officers to be honoured are:
- PC Matthew Walls Straughan, shot in June 1927 by a man on whom he had just served a summons
- Sgt Robert Little, killed by fumes in December 1930 rescuing an elderly woman trapped in a burning house
- PC William Ralph Shiell, shot chasing two burglars in March 1940
- Sgt Stanley Woodward, killed by a sniper while seconded to the British Police Unit in Cyprus October 1958
- Det Con James Brian Porter, shot chasing two armed robbers in March 1982
- PC Keith Maddison, died chasing two suspects from a stolen vehicle in May 1997

Friday, 23 September 2016

Any Ex Consett/Stanley officers who can help with this one ??


JS51312817I hope you're well and don’t mind me getting in touch.
My name is David Finch and I am making a short, independent documentary about a boxer from a town in County Durham called Consett. 
I wanted to get in touch because I am trying to track down a police officer who is a key part of the story and I was advised by Consett Police dept that you might be able to help.
On the night of 3rd June 1989 a boxer called Glenn McCrory won a world title in his home town of Stanley in Co Durham, when he defeated Patrick Lumumba at the Louisa Centre, Stanley to win the IBF World Cruiserweight Title
Glenn had a disabled younger brother who was not at the fight as their mother thought it would be too overwhelming for him, given his condition. 
During the fight; three local police officers arrived at the house, picked  up the Mother & Brother and rushed them to the fight just in time for them to see Glenn win the world title in his home town.
Needless to say; if we were able to track down any of the officers involved in that incident it would be a huge boost for our film. 
I appreciate what a long shot this is and I can only guess at how unlikely it is that a record exists of who was working on a given night more than 25 years ago.  Despite that, I wanted to get in touch to see if there is anything you could suggest that might help me track one of the officers down.
Once again I appreciate how unlikely this is but I hope you understand that I wouldn't be doing my job if I didn't at least ask so I wondered if there is any possibility that you might be able to reach out to any retired officers in the Consett /Stanley area’s on my behalf to see if they might know any way that we could track down the officers working that night on June 3rd 1989.
Really appreciate any help or advice you can offer on this
All the best
David Finch

Surely… somebody out there can remember this memorable night & help David, who can be contacted on the following number or email :
Producer / Director - 300 Yards From Home
+44 771 7712556
david.finch@btinternet.com

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 819 Malcolm (Max) Newby

It is with deepest sadness that I advise you of the death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 819 Malcolm (Max) Newby who died on Thursday 22nd September 2016 , aged 63 years.
Max joined Durham Constabulary on 28th July 1975 and from HQ Training he spent his probationary period as a constable based in Derwentside area. 
In 1978 he moved on to work at Lanchester section, moving to South Moor in 1982. 
In 1987 he transferred to CID and spent 2 months at Durham before moving to Stanley CID.  Max was promoted to Sergeant in May 1989 and transferred to Seaham in uniform. 
In 1990 he moved back into CID,  firstly operational CID and later an Intelligence role at Chester-le-Street. 
In January 2000 he continued to work within Intelligence in a supervisory role but moved to work out of Durham City then in November 2000 he joined the Community Safety Team at Durham. He retired from this role on 27th July 2005 having completed 30 years police service.
Funeral arrangements are not yet confirmed but will be circulated when known.
Max is survived by his wife Ann and daughter Tori.
Our thoughts are with Max’s family and friends at this sad time.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Reunion of staff from Bishop Auckland, Newton Aycliffe & Spennymoor offices

Billy Walker & Alan Courtney are organizing a reunion of staff from Bishop Auckland, Newton Aycliffe & Spennymoor offices on :

Thursday 3rd November,2016 at the Oak Leaf, Sports Complex Newton Aycliffe from 4.30pm onwards

Food can be purchased, if required, from the bar i.e. beefburgers, pizza, chips etc.
Alan and Bill are looking forward to meeting old colleagues and having a bit craick and a laugh over a few beers.
In order that they have some idea of numbers attending could you either email: alancourtney1947@talktalk.net or william620walker@btinternet.com .
If this is a success, they are thinking of making it a yearly event

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

NARPO Branch Meeting : November : Guest speakers

imgID68982445.jpg.gallerySecretary Stuart Ingram has been busy in the background and has spoken to the new Mayor of Darlington, Brian Jones and his Mace Bearer David Allaway, who have agreed to give a talk at our next meeting scheduled for November 28th at Durham Indoor Bowls Centre. 
Something along the lines of “My Public Life since retirement from the Police Service”
Brian is a member of NARPO and by midnight on the 28th November Stuart fully expect to have a signed application  from Mr Allaway !! Smile
Can you please spread the news.
It would be nice to see a good number at that meeting in support of Brian and David.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Ron Storey’s son to be married in Durham

Digital StillCameraClaire Ingram, the fiancĂ© of the late PC Ron Storey’s son Adrian Storey has been in touch with us  to tell us that Adrian is now living in Yorkshire and has done for 20 years, however he is extremely proud of his Durham heritage and of his late father.
Adrian and Claire are to be married on 3rd September 2016 at Aykley Heads House and will be holding their reception at the Royal County Hotel as its location holds many happy memories for Adrian and his family.
Claire said it would mean such a lot to Adrian if we could mention their special day and his late father, if this is possible?

Well it is possible Claire & from all the retired officers in Durham , many who worked with Ron over the years we hope you & Adrian have a fantastic wedding day up here in Durham and that all your hope’s, dreams & wishes for the future are fulfilled.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

NARPO Luncheon at Durham Bowling Club

The Durham NARPO Luncheon which is to take place on Sunday, 9th October, 2016, at the Durham Bowling Club as usual. Commencing at 12.30pm to sit down at 1pm. for the meal.        
The Catering is being done again this year by Oldfield's Restaurants at Durham and should prove another good all round meal.
If you are going to the luncheon please contact Barry Crawford.

Death of a retired Police Officer : Supt John Anthony Lonsdale (ex Durham & Northumbria)

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : Supt.John (Jack) Anthony Lonsdale who died recently (date not supplied) aged 89 years.  He is survived by his daughter, Margaret.

John served in Durham until the amalgamation in 1974 when he transferred to Northumbria & served there until retirement in 1984 

John's funeral will take place at 11.30am on Monday 22nd August, 2016 at St. Michael & St Nicholas' Church, Hetton Lyons with Eppleton, Easington Lane, Houghton le Spring.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Death of a retired Police Officer : Superintendent Allan Alderson

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Superintendent Allan Alderson, who died on 21st July, 2016 aged 85 years.
Mr Alderson leaves no widow.
Mr Alderson started his policing career as a young cadet on the 22nd March, 1947 and served until the 23rd April, 1949.
Mr Alderson was then appointed to Durham Constabulary as a Police Officer on the 28th April, 1951 and was medically retired on the 16th December, 1983 at the rank of Superintendent , Deputy Divisional Commander based at Durham City.
Whilst working for Durham Constabulary Mr Alderson served in various locations across the county such as HQ, Stockton, Durham, Tow Law, CID, Peterlee, Newton Aycliffe, Recruiting, Spennymoor, Personnel & Sedgefield.
The cremation will take place on Thursday 28th July, at 9.30am at Durham Crematorium.  This service is not private.
The family have requested family flowers only, however, donations if so desired can be made to the Salvation Army.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Superintendent Alice T HARDING

It is with deepest sadness that we have to advise colleagues of the death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Superintendent Alice T Harding who died in Marie Curie Hospice, Solihull on the afternoon of Monday 11th July 2016.
Chief Superintendent 545 HARDING joined Birmingham City Police on 17th October 1964. In 1968 she was promoted to Sgt then through force amalgamation she served with West Midlands police from 1st April 1974 until 7th July 1974. She then transferred to Warwickshire Constabulary and was promoted to Inspector and on 1st August 1976 she joined Durham Constabulary as Chief Inspector with particular responsibility for women in training.
In 1976 she moved into Admin then on 1st April 1977 she was promoted to the rank of Superintendent and became assistant personnel officer with the responsibility for women.  In May 1979 she was appointed temporary sub divisional commander at Durham and the posting was confirmed in July 1979. She went on to spend the next 2 years in the same role at Wear Valley then from December 1981 at Sedgefield.
In December 1982 she became deputy to the divisional commander 'C' division based at Chester-le-Street.  In 1984 she was promoted to the rank of Chief Superintendent and was appointed as deputy departmental commander, Admin department, then as Chief Clerk.  From May 1988 she was departmental commander in Admin and Management Services and she retired on pension on 31st March 1995.
Her funeral service will take place at 1pm on Monday 18th July 2016 at Robin Hood Crematorium, Streetsbrook Road, Solihull
Alice requested that there be no flowers but would like donations if given to be distributed to Cancer Research, British Heart Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Society.
Our thoughts are with Alice’s family and friends at this sad time.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Death of a retired Police Officer : Inspector 96 Don Smith

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer :  Inspector 96 Don Smith, who died on 1st July, 2016 aged 85 years.
Mr Smith leaves a widow Maria, eight children and nine grandchildren.
The funeral will take place on Thursday 7th July, at 1.00pm at St Mary’s Church, Woodhouse Lane, Bishop Auckland. This service is not private. This service will then be followed by a burial at Witton Park Cemetery. This is also not private.
The family have requested that instead of flowers, donations if so desired can be made to McMillan Nurses.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

BikeWise 2016 Show Posters

Click on either of the images below to download a BikeWise 2016 poster – please share it amongst your friends, on Facebook / Twitter or at work to let people know when the show is on.

The website will be updated regularly from now to the 24th July with updates about what is happening at the show

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Friday, 24 June 2016

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 477 Norman Holdsworth

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 477 Norman Holdsworth, who died on 9th June 2016, aged 71 years.
Mr Holdsworth leaves a widow Margaret Holdsworth.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 729 David Matthew BEST

Dave BestIt is with deepest sadness that we have to advise colleagues of the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 729 David Matthew BEST who died on Tuesday 21st June 2016, aged 67 years.
David initially joined Durham Constabulary on 31st August 1965 as a Police Cadet before being appointed as a constable on 23rd October 1967.  After initial training at Newby Wiske David was posted to Darlington where he completed his probationary period before moving to Durham in November 1969.  In June 1971 he moved into Traffic where he served in various roles until January 1983 when he transferred to Chester-le-Street.  In January 1989 he moved into Control Room where he served until November 1998 when he returned to Chester-le-Street.  In January 2001 he transferred to Durham City and it was from here that he retired on 7th October 2001.
David leaves a wife Valerie, and daughters Tracey-Ann and Victoria and four grandchildren
Funeral service is to be held at 3pm on Wednesday 29th June 2016 at Durham Crematorium. 
Family flowers only.
Donations in memory of Dave can be made  to St Cuthberts Hospice, Park Road, Durham.  A collection box will be available at the crematorium for anyone attending the service who wishes to make a donation.
Friends and former colleagues are invited to join the family after the service at The Honest Lawyer, Croxdale Bridge, Durham DH1 3SP.
Our  thoughts are with David's family and friends at this sad time.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

CG Luncheon

The CG Luncheon, which was popular with and attended by many NARPO members, is to be resurrected and will take place on 3rd November 2016 at the Durham Indoor Bowling Club.  Attendance at the luncheon is open to all former police officers and civilians who who have served at the former CG Sub Division. Anyone interested in attending should contact the organizers by telephone on 0191 3840505. In addition, it would be appreciated if you could pass on this information to any retired officers or civilian staff who served at CG

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Death of a retired Police Officer :Inspector 2147 Trevor Coppock

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer :Inspector 2147 Trevor Coppock who died on 3rd June 2016 aged 81 years.
He  originally joined the River Tyne Police & then on amalgamation with Durham served at Hartlepool, Bishop Auckland, Mounted Branch Admin at Harperley Hall, Wear Valley, Sedgefield, Harperley Hall, Force Training, Cadet Training, Special Branch, Consett, and Chester-Le-Street before he retired on 1st March 1992
Mr Coppock leaves a widow Fleur Coppock.
The funeral service is private but donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Friends of the Royal Navy Submarine Museum.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Death of police widow Mrs Rosa Veitch

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of police widow Mrs Rosa Veitch, aged 80 years, who died after a long illness on 10th June 2016.
Rosa was the wife of ex-Supt Frank Veitch who sadly died in December 1985 aged 53 years.
A private cremation is to take place in Birtley on Thursday 23rd June.
Donations in lieu of flowers to the British Heart Foundation.
Our thoughts are with family members at this sad time.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1460 Edward Wilding

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1460 Edward Wilding, who died on the 31st May, 2016.
Mr Wilding retired on 27th March, 1996.
Mr Wilding leaves a widow Una Wilding.
The funeral will take place on Wednesday 15th June 2016 at 10.30am at St Mary’s Church, Easington Village.
The service is not private & will then be followed by a cremation at Durham Crematorium, this is also not private.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

We’ve seen the picture but now watch the video

The old HQ is virtually all demolished, the radio mast still stands waiting to be moved to its new ‘home’ in the grounds of the new HQ.

The video from the vaults of the BFI shows the mast being built in 1968, great to watch and have a look at the workmen's clothing !! (No Health & safety in those days)

Interesting to see it being dismantled and then rebuilt ?

From Britain on Film available at BFI Player

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Every Picture Tells A Story !

Aykley HeadsSays it all really…..

Our ‘old’ Police HQ at Aykley Heads Durham.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

‘Behind the Badge’ – Family Open Day

Durham
Saturday 18th June 2016 1pm to 4pm
We would love as many current and retired officers and staff and their families to join us for our annual open day. This year we are celebrating being rated as the only ‘outstanding’ force overall across England and Wales – why not come along and see some of our work and meet up with friends past and present!’
The format of the day will be as follows:
⦁    Open to you and your family, but you must arrive together for security purposes.
⦁    Displays and demonstrations will include demonstrations by the dog section, view the helicopter and meet the crew, history displays, firearms and several stalls showcasing ‘what we do as an organisation’ plus much more.
⦁    Bring the children to join in with fun activities and meet ‘Jet and Ben’ our two Labrador dogs who attend primary schools throughout County Durham and Darlington providing stranger danger and internet safety advice.
⦁    Entertainment will be provided by the Durham Constabulary Brass Band.
⦁    Staff from Human Resources will be in attendance to talk to your friends and family who might be interested in becoming a police officer – we will be recruiting soon!
⦁     Refreshments will be available to purchase on site.
⦁    Contact Ray Jones on 01388 663098 and Stuart Ingram on 01388 814768 should you wish to come and join us.  Deadline for requests will be 6th June 2016. Please state if you require disabled parking.
⦁    Tickets will be posted in the second week of June prior to the event and will be required for entry on the day for security purposes.
Please inform any fellow colleagues so that we can make this a day to remember!

Durham Peeler : Summer 2016

Please CLICK HERE to view the Summer 2016 Durham PeelerDurham Peeler editor Alan Watson has been keeping himself busy over the last few months to produce the Summer 2016 edition of the Durham Peeler.

To view this latest edition of the magazine online, please click on the image.

If you would like to view other editions of the Durham Peeler please Click Here

Tours exclusively for NARPO members

NARPO HQ have teamed up with SLT travel who are offering tours exclusively for NARPO members, they plan to arrange tours which only NARPO members, from all over the country can book.

So even if you travel alone or are a small group, you will know that the other travellers on your tour will be NARPO members from around the Country.

This is in my view a good opportunity for those who like travelling to travel with other NARPO members and may be something your Social Secretaries may wish to enquire about.

See more information on the website at: http://www.narpo.org/index.php/member-services/leisure-time.html

Regards

Steve Edwards

Is this the future ?

Supt Adam THompsonThe Yorkshire Post reported this recently “ Sorry I compared bobbies to binmen says Yorkshire police chief who didn’t want to pound the beat “

A FORMER RAF regiment squadron leader who became the first person to join a Yorkshire police force as superintendent without serving as a constable has apologised for comments that appeared to compare his lower-ranking colleagues to binmen.
Adam Thomson, who joined North Yorkshire Police in 2014 as part of the Government’s direct entry scheme, angered constables with remarks made in an academic journal.


Describing the 12 weeks patrolling that direct entry superintendents are required to do alongside constables and sergeants as part of their training, he is reported to have said: “If I was training to be the leader of the council, I wouldn’t be asked to do a few mornings with the bin lorry first.”

Though the comments were made anonymously, North Yorkshire Police confirmed they were made by Mr Thomson after a policing blog called for him to take responsibility for what he had said.
Mr Thomson said in a statement to The Yorkshire Post: “I have the utmost respect for police personnel at all levels, and any comments I made about how direct entrants are trained were certainly not intended to denigrate the important work that PCs do.
“Personally I found the PC rotation essential to understanding the work of a constable, and I’d like to thank the officers that were part of my rotation, and who provided a valuable insight that will help me in my command.
If the reporting of what I said caused offence to police constables, I apologise.
“The point I was trying to make was that in other sectors it is usual to enter the organisation at different levels and – with the right training and support – be successful. If the reporting of what I said caused offence to police constables, I apologise.”

Steve White, head of the Police Federation which represents 124,000 constables, sergeants and inspectors, told The Times that the comment had been received “like a fart in a spacesuit”.
Mike Stubbs, Chairman of North Yorkshire Police Federation, said: “The comments, if as reported, were unfortunate. None of our members have yet complained to us.
“Perhaps that is because, as police officers, they all know that their words and actions can be subject to the most intense scrutiny and criticism, even where they have acted with the very best of intentions.
“I hope this something that Superintendent Thomson and others will reflect on, when dealing with allegations against our members in the future.”

Prior to joining North Yorkshire Police, Mr Thomson served much of his career at 34th Squadron of The Royal Air Force Regiment, a ground fighting force based at RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire.
After working as a flight commander and forward air controller at various points, and with tours of Afghanistan, Iraq and Bosnia, among others, under his belt, by the time he left the RAF Regiment in September 2013 he had risen to squadron leader in charge of soldiers responsible for protecting air bases from hostile forces.

Earlier this month, after an 18-month course, he became one of the country’s first direct-entry recruits at superintendent level. There are approximately 800 superintendents in England and Wales who have operational responsibilities for local divisions and major investigations.
First launched in 2014, the idea of direct entry at superintendent level is described as ending the point of principle established by Sir Robert Peel, the founder of modern British policing in 1829, that all officers began as constables.
The Government hopes to improve leadership standards by bringing in people with experience and skills from other areas.
The first direct entry group were interviewed at length between October 2014 and May last year for a University of Portsmouth research paper, which was released to coincide with their graduation.

It described how some of the superintendents believed that six-week patrols with constables and sergeants had “limited value” in their training.
Mr Thomson was named as the officer behind the comments on the Bosco’s Blog website, written by a retired Dorset police officer.

He wrote: “What’s been said cannot be unsaid. There are consequences for the author of those remarks. The severity of those consequences will increase exponentially with the time it takes for them to make reparation.
“So I say this to Supt Adam Thomson from North Yorkshire Police: Defy those who hold the belief that you are arrogant, out of touch, entitled, lacking in integrity and moral courage and come out from the shadows and make your peace.
“If nothing else, you owe this much to your cohort who have overcome so much to earn the trust and respect of others. Whether you will earn the trust and respect of those who serve in your force and beyond is only something you can control.”

A spokesman from North Yorkshire Police said: “Direct entrants are encouraged to be reflective and to bring a different perspective to policing, so it perhaps isn’t surprising that they expressed different views on the PC rotation that formed part of their training.
“At North Yorkshire Police we believe it is important that direct entrants are exposed to the grass-root business of policing as part of their training, but that is not the same as saying that a Superintendent needs to have worked through every rank before they take up command.
“As a service we recognise the need to be open to different approaches.”

Read more: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/crime/sorry-i-compared-bobbies-to-binmen-says-yorkshire-police-chief-who-didn-t-want-to-pound-the-beat-1-7928915#ixzz49kjxRu9e

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Copper Plate Light–Issue 3 : April 2016

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Copper Plate Light  : Issue 3 – April 2016

With a new name of Copper Plate Light & a bi-monthly issue to keep you up to date with all the latest news from across the force.

Many Thanks to the Media team at HQ for producing the paper once more.

If you have any items which could be of interest for the Copper Plate Light then please either ring the team at HQ on (0191) 3752157 or email at media@durham.pnn.police.uk.

To view the Copper Plate Light please click on the image or to view previously issued  Copper Plate magazines please visit the Copper Plate page on the website : http://www.durhamnarpo.org.uk/p/copperplate_17.html

The Police Mutual Foundation

PMAS

The Police Mutual Foundation has launched a pilot respite scheme, specifically aimed to support
the retired police community.
Since its launch in 2011, Police Mutual has been supporting the wellbeing of police officers and
staff by offering a range of services.

Police Mutual’s  Head of Police Service Engagement, Claire Long says;
“For some time now we have been working hard to improve the wellbeing of the police family.
It is only right that this support should extend to those who have retired from the service.
We also appreciate that the health and wellbeing demands in retirement increase and that they
become more complex.  By working with NARPO, RPOAS and NIRPOA we hope to significantly
increase our support to this community in a meaningful and manageable way.”
 
The respite pilot aims to help those retirees who are either suffering from or caring for
someone with dementia.  Police Mutual will be working with a number of specialist providers
to source a respite break.  The breaks will be planned based on the demands of the people who
are being supported.  There are up to 20 breaks available between now and the end of the year,
with a view to extending the programme in 2017.
 
Branch chairs and secretaries can make nominations so if you know of someone who would
benefit from some time away, you can contact either foundation@pmas.co.uk or
call  01543 305351 for an application form or more information.

Death of a retired Police Officer:PC 873 Ronald John Matthews

It is with regret that we have to advise you of the death of a retired Police Officer: PC 873 Ronald John Matthews who died on Wednesday 11th May 2016, aged 82 years.
Ronald retired from the Force on 24th October 1979 at the rank of Police Constable.
Ronald leaves no widow.
Funeral service is to be held at 12.00 noon on Tuesday 24th May 2016 at Durham Crematorium. The service is not private.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends at this sad time.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Superintendent 179 Lawrence Henry Heslop

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Superintendent 179 Lawrence Henry Heslop who died on Monday 9th May 2016, aged 93 years.
Lawrence first joined Durham Constabulary on 1st March 1940 as a Clerical Assistant and served in this role until 16th September 1941.
During his time as Police Staff, Lawrence worked in many departments such as Control Room, Admin, Housing, Durham and HQ Personnel.
He was appointed as Police Officer on 17th September 1941. Lawrence served in many locations including Seaham Harbour, Felling, Blaydon, Castle Eden, Horden and Pelaw. Retiring in 1982 at the rank of Chief Superintendent.
Lawrence leaves no widow.
Funeral service is to be held at 9.40 am on Wednesday 18th May 2016 at Rawdon Crematorium in Leeds. The service is not private. The family have requested that instead of flowers, donations if so desired can be made to the RNLI Charity.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends at this sad time.

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Next Meeting of NARPO (Durham Branch) : Monday 9th May 2016

diary-plgThe next meeting of NARPO (Durham Branch) will be held on Monday 9th May at 7.30pm at Bishop Auckland Hospital Club.
All members or prospective members are invited to come along & enjoy


If you don't know where to go, Click On This Link and you'll see a map of the location and you can get driving directions to it.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sergeant John Simpson

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : Sergeant John Simpson who died on 13th April 2016 aged 94 years.
Mr Simpson retired from the Force on 24th April 1966.
Mr Simpson leaves no widow.
His family have requested that the funeral will be private.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1833 George Neville Barlow

PHOTO Neville and Paddy

It is with regret that we have to advise you of the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1833 George Neville BARLOW who died on Friday 8th April 2016, aged 81 years.

Neville initially joined the police service with Sunderland Borough where he served from 1961 until 1967 when he transferred to Durham County Constabulary as a Dog Handler.  He continued to serve with the Dog Section at Bishop Auckland and at Chester-le-Street , later moving to Community Relations and medically retiring from Wear and Tees on 2nd April 1989.

Funeral service is to be held at 11:15 on Friday 22nd April 2016 at St Stephen’s Church, Willington. 
The service is not private and friends and former colleagues are welcome meet at church.  This service will be followed by cremation at Durham at 12 noon.
Our thoughts are with Neville’s friends and family at this sad time.

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Death of a retired Police Officer : William Appleton (Ex Durham & Northumbria)

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer :
William (Bill) Appleton, aged 91 years died 26th March, 2016 in a nursing home. (His son, John is making arrangements re. the funeral). Details are :-Church  Memorial and Funeral service at St. Paul’s Church, Winlaton  at 12.15pm Monday, 12th April, 2016. The funeral is not private. Family flowers only. Friends welcome to attend.
Bill joined Durham County Constabulary in 1947 and served at Blaydon at the time of amalgamation in 1974, joining Northumbria force . He continued to serve in Blaydon and then Town Office at Whickham until his retirement in 1976.

Our sympathies and condolences have been shared with his family at this sad time.


Thursday, 31 March 2016

The Elvet Project

The congregation and friends at Elvet Methodist Church, Durham believe that an important part of their mission is to support charities help people all over the world. In the last few years Elvet has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for good causes in Africa, Cambodia, South America and India as well as more local charities in Northumberland and Co. Durham.

The  current project (between September 2015 and August 2016) is the Grace Haven Orphanage in Myanmar (formerly known as Burma) and retired officers Sue and Paul Harrison have coordinated a busy programme of events to raise money for this worthy cause, run by Ex-Inspector Fred Farley and his wife, the Reverend Ma Lay.

The Orphanage was built in 1998 to help the poor and disadvantaged by providing shelter, education and a home to children who have lost one or both parent(s) through malaria, tuberculosis or deprivation of medical help. They have jointly established a mission that has now swollen to helping over 200 deprived children who receive help in the way of accommodation, availability of education and hope for the future. Grace Haven has grown from housing 15 children and now supports 75 who are aged 3-20 and who live there and attend the government-run school. Fred and Ma Lay have also funded and constructed 2 ‘Light of Education Centres’ where a further 125 children live. They receive after-school tuition and further education where appropriate and whenever financial help is available. The children pray frequently and take part in services. They enjoy artwork, singing hymns, and popular songs.

Grace Haven has a food-producing programme where rice and vegetables are grown and harvested, and they breed pigs (to sell) which brings in revenue, but life is hard and the Monsoon season can be devastating.

Events such as a Treasure Hunt, Murder Mystery dinner, Art Exhibition, Concerts, Fayres and the sale of related merchandise have provided frequent opportunities for socialising and have been very successful in raising funds. Coupled with the generosity of members, friends, family and visitors, the magnificent sum of £13,000 was raised within 13 weeks!

Shortly after Christmas 2015 the Project committee were able to forward most of this initial amount to Grace Haven as an urgent, interim payment and soon saw the delivery of a brand new KIA Vehicle to the Orphanage.  On Sunday, 14th February 2016 Ma Lay and Fred Farley dedicated it to the orphanage in prayer at their morning service.  They have named the vehicle ‘Elvet’.

Fred has taken some photographs to show the congregation and friends just how delighted they all are. These can  be found on Elvet’s Website and Facebook page.

Now, the children of the Orphanage can prepare each day to go to school without the worry of having to walk the four mile return journey and have peace of mind, especially at this time in their lives as they struggle to meet the recent demands made upon them to either pass their monthly and annual exams or remain static in their year.

Fundraising continues until 31/8/16 as the Orphanage still needs financial assistance to fund their food and medical expenses and to employ English-speaking teachers. Details of forthcoming events can be found on Elvet’s website (see ‘Project’ and ‘Events’) and also Facebook page. Pens and Original Burmese Art can still be purchased at reasonable prices.

Tuesday 12th April  Millennium Banquet A delicious Indian meal at the Millennium Restaurant, Framwellgate Moor.

Saturday 16th April    10am – 2pm Table Top & Bric-a-Brac Sale at Elvet.

Donate unwanted gifts to the Grace Haven Tables (100% profit goes to the charity) or hire your own table to sell your wares, homemade crafts or recycle unwanted gifts. Come and buy some bargains. Refreshments available. Ring 07522444788 to book a table; £10.00

Saturday 14th May - Games Night. ‘Call my Bluff’ meets ‘Would l Lie to you?’ Be in a team (of 3) or just come to watch; a fun night in the hall - with nibbles.  £5.00 Per person

18th June - Open Church and gardens –  A  Treasure Trail and refreshments.

Follow the clues in a fun, indoor (and weather permitting outdoor) trail and discover things in and around the church you didn’t know and which will help to solve the puzzle. Fun for all the family.

More events in summer include a Sponsored Walk (4th June )and a Sponsored Cycle (proposed for early August).   All are welcome to join us - or to help support someone who is able to undertake these events.

Anyone wishing to support Grace Haven can contact Sue Harrison on 07522444788.

Death a retired Police Officer : DC 739 Stephen Wintrell

Steve WintrellIt is with regret that we have to inform you of the death a retired Police Officer (And serving member of Police staff) :  DC 739  Stephen Wintrell, who died on 26th March 2016 aged 58 years.
Steve initially joined Durham Constabulary on 28th August 1973 as a Cadet then went on to serve as a police officer from 8th March 1976.  From HQ Training he served at Sedgefield working in uniform on operational duties and in 1980 he spent 4 months working with Special Branch.  He returned to Sedgefield and worked both in uniform and temporarily in CID before transferring to Special Branch in November 1983.  From April 1984 he spent 5 years working in CID at Spennymoor moving on to Sedgefield/Aycliffe CID.  In 1990 he returned to uniform duties and in 1992 joined ASU.  He remained in that role until April 1997 when he moved into Telephone Investigations on Crime Desk then from January 1999 he took on the role of Field Intelligence Officer at Aycliffe and Spennymoor until his retirement on 11th October 2009.  On 12th October 2009 Steve was appointed as an Information Officer and he has continued to work in this role in Intelligence.
Steve leaves a widow Val, son Karl and daughter Debbie and their families, and also a brother Paul.

The funeral service will take place on Tuesday 5th April 2016 at 10.15am at Wear Valley Crematorium, Coundon. Friends are asked to meet at the Crematorium please.
The family have requested that there is no guard of honour formed but are very happy for colleagues and friends to attend the service and they extend an open invitation to all who wish to join them afterwards for refreshments at Woodham Golf Club.
There will be family flowers only by request however donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Cancer Research if so desired and there will be a collection plate available at the Crematorium.
 
A book of remembrance will be taken to the Golf Club and all are invited to record any messages they wish to leave for the family in the book. 
For those who are unable to attend the Golf Club if you can send any messages you would wish to have included to the WELFARE email address ( welfare.office@durham.pnn.police.uk) then they will ensure all messages are incorporated. 
Ideally they would like to have all messages by no later than Thursday 7th April so that these can be passed over to the Wintrell family promptly.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

New chairman of Durham NARPO

ChairmanThere was a good turnout at the recent AGM of Durham NARPO, where members listened to talks by Chief constable Mike Barton, Assistant Chief Officer Gary Ridley & Durham Police & Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg before getting down to the evenings business, which involved the Chairman Alan Watson stepping down after almost twenty years service as Branch Chairman. Alan will remain on the committee & of course continue as editor of The Durham Peeler magazine.

Ray Jones who has been the Vice Chairman of the branch was elected as Chairman.

Photo shows Alan congratulating Ray on his election to Chairman.

Barry Crawford took the vacant position of Vice Chairman, Derek Sayers as treasurer & Stuart Ingram as Branch Secretary

Saturday, 26 March 2016

HOLMES Reader/Receiver role in the South West

policeskills_logoI am currently recruiting for a HOLMES Reader/Receiver role in the South West and am seeking expressions of interest from people with this skill-set. I am trying to expand the way in which I can directly appeal to a number of people with this specialist skill-set. It is very niche and very in demand at the moment so I was wondering if you would be able to assist in any way by disseminating the role to your members?
Please find details for the role below - I would be more than happy to discuss anything in more detail with you should you wish to contact me.
Your assistance in this matter is very much appreciated and I look forward to possibly hearing from you soon.
Thank you.
 
Police Skills is currently recruiting for experienced HOLMES 2 trained Reader/Receivers to work within the MIR of a high-profile inquiry based in the South West of England. This is a long-term, temporary contract paying up to £24.69 p/h LTD and £18.82 p/h PAYE. For more details please send your CV to emma.palmer@redsnappergroup.co.uk or call on 0203 119 3343 if you would like to discuss this opportunity.
 
Kind Regards,
Emma Palmer
Recruitment Officer
Tel: 0203 119 3343

Widows Pension For Life

Widows

Following recent changes to the Regulations concerning survivors’ pensions, and how they are dealt with should the survivor remarry, co-habit or form a civil partnership, it has become clear that there are three different approaches in operation within the United Kingdom.

The Justice Minister in the Northern Ireland Executive, David Ford, announced on 21st March 2014 that all survivors of members of the RUC pension scheme should retain their pensions for life irrespective of the circumstances of the death of the former officer. As a result all survivors are entitled to have their pensions reinstated effective
from 1st July 2014.

On the 18th January this year the 2006 Police [Injury Benefit] Regulations were amended [see Circular 39/15].

This change means that survivors’ pensions paid in respect of 1987 Police Pension scheme members will no longer have to forfeit their pension where the police officer dies on duty or dies as a result of an injury received on duty.

In England and Wales this change only applies to widows, widowers or surviving civil partners, who marry, remarry, form a civil partnership or start to cohabit on or after 1st April 2015. This change came into force retrospectively from 1st April 2015.

In Scotland however the change applies to all those wives, husbands, or civil partners of police officers who died on duty who have already had their pension withdrawn because of remarriage, forming a civil partnership or cohabitation and, consequently they will have their pension reinstated with effect from 1st October 2015 irrespective of when the remarriage, cohabitation or civil partnership occurred.

In view of the changes made we would encourage all our members to write to their MP to highlight the injustice in an effort to bring pressure on Government to adopt a standard approach across the UK in respect of this matter.
Please click on this link to get the template letter

Friday, 18 March 2016

Durham NARPO Annual General Meeting : Monday 21st March

 AGM
Date for your Diary…….
Monday 21st March at 1930hrs
The Annual General Meeting of Durham NARPO, with guest speakers from Force Executive and Federation.
This year see’s our current Chairman Alan S Watson stepping down from the role (although he will remain active as the editor of The Durham Peeler magazine)
At this moment Vice Chairman Ray Jones & Treasurer Colin Appleby have been nominated for the Chairmans post.
Nominations are therefore requested for the role of Treasurer.
All members welcome to attend and participate
Ideal time to meet your old colleagues and friends.
Please put the date in your diary and see if you can attend, meet / vote for who you want on the committee and see the hard work they are doing throughout the year on your behalf
There is a bar at the premises & light refreshments are provided
The meeting will be held at the Durham Indoor Bowling Centre, Pity Me, Durham, DH1 5GE, (starts at 1930hrs)
 

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Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Death of a retired Police Officer : Inspector Percy Colter

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer :  Inspector Percy Colter, who died peacefully on the 8th March, 2016 aged 98 years.
He started with Durham Constabulary on the 1st May, 1939 and retired on the 30th April, 1969.
Whilst working for Durham Mr Colter was a keen member of the male voice choir.
Mr Colter was father to Sheila & Pat, father in law to John, grandad and great grandad.
The cremation will take place on Friday 18th March, 2016 at 2.30pm at Durham Crematorium.  This service is not private.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the RAF Benevolent Fund.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Death of a retired Police Officer : Inspector Alan GRAHAM

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Inspector Alan GRAHAM who died on Saturday 27th February 2016, aged 95 years.
Alan served with the Royal Marines from 23rd April 1941 - 10th November 1945.
On 10th August 1946 he joined Durham Constabulary and from initial training he moved on to serve at Stockton, Chester-le-Street, Pelton Fell, Blaydon, Low Greenside, Traffic, Crime Patrols, Motor Patrols, Chester-le Street and Chester Moor. On 29th January 1965 he transferred to Leeds City Police as Deputy Training Officer (Inspector). Alan returned to Durham on 9th June 1969 based at Consett then Stanley from where he retired on pension on 31st August 1976 with the rank of Inspector.
Alan’s next of kin is his son, Garry.
Funeral service is to be held at 12.30 on Monday 14th March 2016 at Holy Trinity Church, Pelton. The funeral will not be private and friends and former colleagues are asked to meet at church please.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 63 John Reginald Stout

Margaret & Reg StoutIt is with deepest regret that we have to advise you of the death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 63 John Reginald Stout, who died on Friday 26th February 2016, aged 83 years.
Reg joined Durham Constabulary on 10th September 1949 as a Cadet Clerk and served until 22nd November 1950.
He returned to the Constabulary on 20th December 1952 when he was appointed as PC 1103 and went on to serve at Stockton, Fencehouses, Houghton, traffic/motor patrols and Control Room. He returned to Traffic Patrols in July 1967 where he was promoted to Sgt in 1968. He remained in various traffic/motor patrol roles until 1975 when he joined motor school as an instructor and he remained in this role until he retired on pension on 31st May 1981.
Reg has also been a member of the Durham Constabulary Choir since he was a cadet.
He is survived by his wife Margaret.
Funeral service is to be held at 12:45 on Tuesday 8th March 2016 at Mary Magdalene Church, Belmont.  The service is not private and friends and former colleagues are asked to please meet at church.  There are to be family flowers only however donations if so desired can be made to the British Heart Foundation.
Our thoughts are with the Margaret, their family and friends at this sad time.

Police Life – Feb 2016

Police Life -Feb 2016Please click on the image to download / read the latest edition (February 2016) of Police Life

Police Dependants' Trust Survey

Around 11,000 serving officers have shared their views on the support available following a physical or psychological injury on duty. Now they would like to hear from anyone who has retired/resigned from a force in England and Wales within the last five years.
This research, which is being conducted by the Department of Sociology at the University of Surrey, will highlight ways in which they (and others) can do more to support officers and their families. In respect of former officers, they are particularly keen to learn more about how easy or otherwise it is to make the transition into life after 'the job'. Given the pace of change in policing, by limiting this part of our study to those who have left more recently they can make sure they are considering the impact of current practices and whether they have a role to play.
They would be delighted if you would complete the survey which remains open until 6 March. If it's not appropriate to you, please do forward it to friends and any former colleagues you're still in touch with.  

Complete the former officers survey now

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 620 Thomas Stephenson

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 620 Thomas Stephenson, who died on the 22nd February 2016. He was aged 89 years.
He leaves a son David.
The funeral will be taking place on 3rd March 2016 at 2pm which will be held at Durham Crematorium, the funeral service is private.
Donations can be sent in lieu of flowers to Cancer Research.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Durham Constabulary is the country’s top performing force

Durham ConstabularyDURHAM Constabulary has maintained its position as the top performing police force in the country.
 
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary’s (HMIC) assessed each of the 43 forces in England and Wales to see how effective they were at keeping people safe and reducing crime.
Durham was the only one to receive an overall grade of ‘outstanding’.
Not only that, but out of the eight ‘outstandings’ awarded across all categories, Durham secured four.
In the individual areas assessed, the force was deemed ‘outstanding’ at preventing crime and anti-social behavior.
It also was graded ‘outstanding’ tackling serious and organised crime.
Likewise, Durham Constabulary was deemed ’outstanding’ at investigating crime and managing offenders.
Meanwhile, the force was graded ‘good’ at protecting the vulnerable.
 
Mike Cunningham, from the HMIC, said: The work that Durham Constabulary is doing to keep people safe and reduce crime is outstanding.
It is the only police force in England and Wales that has received this judgment from HMIC for this inspection and deserves to be commended.
He added: There is a strong focus at all levels on effectively carrying out investigations into crime in Durham Constabulary.
The service to victims of crime is seen as being very important and we found that officers in Durham demonstrated a commitment to a high level of victim care, which included regular contact to update the victim on progress in their case.
The constabulary uses all its resources to tackle serious and organised crime. Frontline policing teams have been assigned different organised crime groups to monitor in order to gather intelligence and disrupt their criminality.
 
Chief Constable Mike Barton said: Once again we are adjudged to be at the pinnacle of policing and the benchmark for others to follow.
I was absolutely delighted when the force was identified as being the best in the country last year so to maintain that standing is even more impressive.
This is a massive pat on the back for everyone who works for the Force.
I hope every employee has an extra spring in their step today because it is their continued professionalism and dedication which has put the force in a fantastic position for the future.
 
Ron Hogg, Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner said: I would like to congratulate all members of Durham Constabulary on these terrific results.
To achieve such a glowing report in the current austere times is really impressive.
I think the people of County Durham and Darlington can be confident that they are being served by the best police forces in the country.
The difficult job for the force is to maintain this gold standard. I am here to make sure that everything possible is being done to ensure that happens.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Copper Plate Light : Feb 2016 (Issue 2)

Click here to view the Copper Plate Light

Copper Plate Light  : Issue 2 – Feb 2016

With a new name of Copper Plate Light & a bi-monthly issue to keep you up to date with all the latest news from across the force.

Many Thanks to the Media team at HQ for producing the paper once more.

If you have any items which could be of interest for the Copper Plate Light then please either ring the team at HQ on (0191) 3752157 or email at media@durham.pnn.police.uk.

To view the Copper Plate Light please click on the image or to view previously issued  Copper Plate magazines please visit the Copper Plate page on the website : http://www.durhamnarpo.org.uk/p/copperplate_17.html

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Darlington Police Club late 1970’s

Darlington CID - 1970's

Great photo sent to us by John Blake from the late 1970’s, of the late DC 824 Derick Hewitson with Dave Hutchinson in the centre and John Blake on the right, taken at Darlington police club.
John said  “I have good memories of working with ‘Big D’.”

Friday, 5 February 2016

AGM of Durham NARPO – Monday 21st March

 AGM
Date for your Diary…….
Monday 21st March at 1930hrs
The Annual General Meeting of Durham NARPO, with guest speakers from Force Executive and Federation.
This year see’s our current Chairman Alan S Watson stepping down from the role (although he will remain active as the editor of The Durham Peeler magazine)
At this moment Vice Chairman Ray Jones & Treasurer Colin Appleby have been nominated for the Chairmans post.
Nominations are therefore requested for the role of Treasurer.
All members welcome to attend and participate
Ideal time to meet your old colleagues and friends.
Please put the date in your diary and see if you can attend, meet / vote for who you want on the committee and see the hard work they are doing throughout the year on your behalf
There is a bar at the premises & light refreshments are provided
The meeting will be held at the Durham Indoor Bowling Centre, Pity Me, Durham, DH1 5GE
 

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Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Death of a retired Police Officer : DC 824 Derick Hewitson

Derek HewitsonIt is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer :  DC 824 Derick Hewitson, who died on the 31st January, 2016 aged 84 years.
He joined on the 26th April, 1952, during his time with Durham Constabulary he worked at Jarrow, Hebburn Quay, Toronto, the Coroner Office at Darlington and then in 1967 he moved to CID in Darlington where he remained until he retired in 1981.
Mr Hewitson leaves two sons, Malcolm and Colin.
The funeral will take place on Thursday 11th February, at 11.00am at St Cuthbert’s Church, Darlington. This service is not private. This service will then be followed by a private cremation.
Anyone who would like to attend the service has been advised to check the funeral arrangements in the Northern Echo should there be any changes.
The family have requested no flowers.
Donations are welcomed to Cystic Fibrosis and St Teresa’s Hospice.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

http://www.durhamnarpo.org.uk/2014/02/forever-friends-derick-hewitson-and.html

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Hardwick Camp…Cadet Training

Hardwick

For those retired police officers who have bitter/sweet memories of the time they served at Hardwick Camp, Sedgefield a Facebook page has been set up just for you.

       George Storey, ex Bede House stalwart, has set up the page, as named above, and invites all ex cadets from the Hardwick Camp era ( pre 1972 ), to contact him via Facebook to enrol. It is hoped that a social gathering can be arranged some time this year so spread the word and get joining.

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sergeant Sydney Coulson

Syd Couldson

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer :  Sergeant Sydney Coulson, who died on 25th January 2016, aged 80 years.

Mr Coulson commenced his Police career on 10th April, 1961  & served in Durham, Coundon  & Plan Drawers, where he retired on the 13th July 1990.

Mr Coulson leaves a widow Delia Coulson & he was father to ex PC609 Gary Coulson.
The funeral will be held on Monday 8th February at 11:00am, Durham Crematorium.
Family Flowers only, donations in lieu of flowers to Air Ambulance or National Dogs Trust & their is a request from the family to wear something bright, even it is a tie.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Durham Constabulary Open Day 1973–Programme

Open Day 1973

The programme to go with the video…

The official 5p programme of the 1973 force open day.

It includes a foreword from the Chief Constable Mr AG Puckering,   the history of the force up to 1973 (written by our chairman & Peeler editor Alan Watson), programme of events on the day and the Acknowledgements page is interesting as it is pre amalgamation.

A licensed bar & restaurant were available & at one of the Marquees you could see ‘Off Duty’ pursuits !!

CLICK HERE or on the picture to view the programme

Monday, 18 January 2016

Durham Constabulary Open Day 1973

Another one from the vaults of the BFI, from Mr Puckerings era 8th September 1973:


From Britain on Film available at BFI Player


Thanks to Dave Carter(448) for finding this one on the internet, to the BFI for providing the code for us to use the films on this website. I remember it as if it was yesterday & enjoyed watching myself do gymnastics on that day !! (Bob Brown)

For those of you who live outside the UK or are trying to view on a smartphone or tablet please click on this link : https://youtu.be/bpPtcGuU6y0

Durham Police Cadets (Late 60’s)

And yet another one from the vaults of the British Film Institute for you to watch (hopefully another good one to come if we can get the film released to us )


From Britain on Film available at BFI Player

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Next meeting of NARPO (Durham Branch)

diary-plgThe next meeting of NARPO (Durham Branch) will be held on Monday 18th January at 7.30pm at Durham Bowling Club.

All members or prospective members are invited to come along & enjoy

If you don't know where to go, Click On This Link and you'll see a map of the location and you can get driving directions to it.

Durham Indoor Bowling Club, Abbey Road, Pity Me, Durham  DH1 5GE

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sergeant 131 Allan Maddison

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Sergeant 131 Allan Maddison, who died on 2nd January 2016 aged 88 years.
Mr Maddison retired from Durham Constabulary 10th June 1977.
Mr Maddison leaves a widow Mrs Maude Maddison.
Funeral arrangements are private.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Friday, 8 January 2016

Private Hire Licence ?

John Reddington

I retired in 2010 from Nottinghamshire Police and shortly afterwards started a Chauffeuring / Private Hire business.
I would like to make contact with any retired officers who lives in the Durham area who also holds a Private Hire Licence, as I would like to sub contract some work to them. Your vehicle does not need to be of an ‘Executive’ profile for this particular work.

Thanks
John Reddington.
MD
SILVERLINE EXECUTIVE CHAUFFEURING LTD.
www.silverlinelimos.co.uk
Tel: 07980 522105

Friday, 1 January 2016

Happy New Year

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Happy New Year...

Here's wishing you all a happy, healthy, prosperous and safe 2016.

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Changes To Access To The Police Treatment Centre

All Durham retired police officers have now been contacted by email or by letter from
me, to advise them that with effect from 1st January 2016 there will be a number of
significant changes to the way the Police Treatment Centres (which covers the
facilities at Castlebrae, Auchterarder and St Andrews, Harrogate) are to be funded.

PTC Trustees directed that from 1st January 2016, they will allow PCSOs, Special
Constables and Detention/Custody Officers (employed by the Chief Constable or
Police Crime Commissioner)to sign up to donate to the PTC, and that they will be
eligible to access treatment at either of their Centres.

Also the Trustees directed that the PTC will introduce a weekly donation rate of
£0.65 for Retired Officers from 1st January 2016, which they will be required to pay if
they wish to apply for treatment at the PTC.

PLEASE BE AWARE THAT AS THE CHANGES TAKE EFFECT FROM 1ST
JANUARY 2016 IT IS IMPORTANT TO CONSIDER THIS CHANGE AND ACT
NOW TO PREVENT ELIGIBILITY TO ACCESS FREE TREATMENT BEING
AFFECTED.

Many retired colleagues have already signed up but this reminder is to those of you
who may wish to take action but have not yet done so.
Should you have any further questions then please feel free to contact the Police
Treatment Centre either on 01423 504448, via their website at the policetreatmentcentres.org where further information about the facilities, the
changes and donation forms are all readily available.

I also wish to take this opportunity to wish all retired colleagues very best wishes for 2016

Margaret Toward
Welfare Officer

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Merry Xmas to all our readers

snowman12Yes it is that time of year already and our fifth Christmas of providing you with update information, topics and photographs.
We are delighted to let you know that our fame is certainly spreading, both on the web and in the Durham Peeler Magazine. We are now reaching Afghanistan, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada, U.S.A., Chile, Israel and even British West Hartlepool! You will be delighted to know that we have now had more than 360,000 ‘hits’ on the web page’s and over 200 regular recipients of death notifications of serving and retired officers.

If you’d like to join the list, let us have your email details,brief service details and specific points of interest. It always pays to be informed. (send email to : durhamnarpo@gmail.com)

If you have recently retired on pension, why not take up membership of N.A.R.P.O. and receive the Durham Peeler Magazine (Twice/year), the National NARPO News magazine  (4 times/ year) Social Events, really competitive Insurance rates  and opportunity to attend the 6 bi-monthly meeting where you enjoy a great atmosphere, meet old friends and colleagues and keep up to date with things that affect your pension.

This coming year will see a change of chairman as Alan Watson will be retiring from the post  at the Durham NARPO AGM on Monday 21st March 2016 (1930hrs) at Durham Indoor Bowling Club (Although he will still be very busy with ‘pen & paper’, preparing & publishing the Durham Peeler magazine). Hopefully we’ll have a good turnout at the AGM to show our appreciation to Alan for the many years of help & support he has provided to us & to welcome the new chairman into the post

To those who have sadly lost their loved ones this year we especially extend our deepest sympathy at this time of the year.
Here’s wishing you all a Merry Xmas & a Happy New Year,  may it be a prosperous, healthy and successful New Year. 

Saturday, 19 December 2015

PCC & Chief Constable respond to funding statement

Mike BartonDurham Constabulary will receive a £0.4m reduction in Government funding next year.

Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg will be allocated £85.8m in 2016/17 to fund the force, which was deemed 'outstanding' at managing its resources in the last independent inspection.
Ron said: “Whilst this is better than expected it still means that we will see fewer officers and staff than we currently have.
“Not only are we having to pay for a nationally agreed pay award, which is welcome news for officers and staff, but we are also having to pay an extra £1.5m per year from next April to the Government towards the cost of increases in state pensions.
“Durham is at the pinnacle of policing and I would like to think that it will remain there despite a small reduction in Government funding.
“We are still committed to working with our partners to collaborate wherever possible to ensure money is spent wisely.
“I am pleased that the Chief Constable is continuing to make efficiencies where possible by challenging non-pay budgets and stripping out vacant posts where these are no longer needed so that we can both continue to focus on our priority areas.”

Chief Constable Mike Barton said: “We have been planning for the worst and hoping for the best. 
“This gives us a platform to build upon which I think is good news for the public and bad news for the criminals. 
“Rest assured that we will be able to continue providing high quality services, not just to the victims of crime but to others who need us. 
“That said, we still face the prospect of a further reduction from April 2017 because of changes in the way the Government allocates funding.
“We will be working with the Home Office to ensure any adverse impact is minimised in Durham.”

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Copper Plate Light… latest news from Durpol returns

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It’s back… Copper Plate

With a new name of Copper Plate Light & a bi-monthly issue to keep you up to date with all the latest news from across the force.

Many Thanks to the Media team at HQ for producing the paper once more.

If you have any items which could be of intertest for the Copper Plate Light then please either ring the team at HQ on (0191) 3752157 or email at media@durham.pnn.police.uk.

To view the Copper Plate Light please click on the image

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 1014 John Wright

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 1014 John Wright who died on 8th December 2015 aged 81 years. Mr Wright served at Stanhope, Crook and Seaham during his career and retired from Durham Constabulary in 1980. The funeral will take place at 2 pm on Friday 18th December 2015 at Wear Valley Crematorium in Coundon. The service is not private. Family flowers only. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Great North Air Ambulance Service. Our thoughts are with the family and friends at this sad time.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

The Police Cadet 1973

A great video showing Police Cadets at the ‘new’ Police HQ, Aykley Heads in the early 70’s.

At the time the cadet school had approx. one hundred & fifty (150) cadets from Durham, Northumbria, Cleveland, North Yorkshire & Junior Firemen.

The cadets were residential in the five accommodation blocks, Finlay, Bede, Harwick, Lambton & Neville.

This film from the British Film Institute is titled ‘The Police Cadet 1973’ although the footage is actually from the early 70’s through to about 1974


From Britain on Film available at BFI Player

For those of you who live outside the UK or are trying to view on a smartphone or tablet please click on this link :

Please CLICK HERE

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Another one from Aycliffe

PC's Mick Wilson & Steve WildPC 267 Mick Wilson & PC Steve Wild in the parade room at Newton Aycliffe about 1988.

Nice radio in Mick’s pocket & the ‘old whistle & chain’ on display, shirt, tie & tunics …….

No computers… so plenty of paperwork in those days

Mick & Steve certainly don’t seem to be having a mid-life crisis like the mug says Smile

A fine British ‘Panda’ ??

Allegro

Austin Allegro’s from the early 70’s

Any story's to tell about them ??

Used in Motorschool in 72 – 74 to teach some of us how to drive.

Bishop Auckland Open Day 1983

Alec Francis & Roy Smith - (AR40) Bishop Auckland 1983 Many Thanks to Roy Smith for sending the above photos which were both were taken in the rear yard at Bishop Auckland Police Office in October 1983 when the station threw open its doors for an open day.Officers in the  group photograph from the Traffic Department are L to R: Danny McKie, Roy Smith, Michael French, Alec Francis, Don Moody, Sgt Stuart Oakley, Dave Surtees, ? and finally Tommy Fortune (Motorcycles). The patrol car, was A687XCN a Ford Granada call sign Mike 20 Papa (M20P), formerly Alpha Red 40 (AR40)

Many Thanks to Roy Smith for sending the above photos which were both were taken in the rear yard at Bishop Auckland Police Office in October 1983 when the station threw open its doors for an open day.
Officers in the  group photograph from the Traffic Department are L to R:
Danny McKie (Motorcycles), Roy Smith, Michael French, Alec Francis, Don Moody, Sgt Stuart Oakley, Dave Surtees, Malcolm Magee and Tom Fortune (Motorcycles). (Click on the images to open them in the album)
 
The patrol car, was A687XCN a Ford Granada call sign Mike 20 Papa (M20P), formerly Alpha Red 40 (AR40)

Newton Aycliffe in the winter

Aycliffe

An ‘old’ one from Newton Aycliffe Police office from about 1985 of PC Mick Kent, Sgt Steve Bell & WPC  Kate Field.

Nice to see the Christmas Tree & decorations in the background and that Kate has been out in the snow with her regulation torch tucked into her greatcoat….. happy days

Thanks to John Bardon for taking the photo and Arran Field for sending us the photo

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