Thursday, 16 February 2017

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 393 Keith Arthur Gutteridge

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer :  Sgt 393 Keith Arthur Gutteridge, who died on the 11th February 2017, he was aged 91 years.
He leaves a widow Eleanor and step-son Tony.
Keith joined Durham Constabulary on 31st May 1947. From HQ Training he was posted to Felling and went on to serve at Durham, Carrville, Witton Park, Shotton, Castle Eden, Hutton Henry then on to CID at both Castle Eden and Wingate.
In June 1969 he was promoted to Sgt and posted to Darlington and then moving back to Peterlee in 1970 he worked in Wingate section then on town section.
He was medically retired on the 24th September 1976
The funeral service is taking place on Tuesday 28th February 2017 at 11am at St Saviour Church, Shotton Colliery, this will then be followed by the cremation service at 12.00pm at Durham Crematorium.
The funeral service is not private.
Donations are requested in lieu of flowers to the Alice House Hospice, Hartlepool.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Death of a serving Police Officer : PC Gavin Smith

Gavin SmithDURHAM Constabulary is mourning the death of one of its officers, PC Gavin Smith.
Gav, who was part of the Police Interceptors team, died Wednesday, Feb 15th aged 34.
Gav had recently undergone treatment for cancer which had spread to his spine. He was treated in hospital and was then allowed to return home to Bishop Auckland and received an escort from his colleagues.
It was at home he sadly passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. He leaves wife Kezi and daughter Tilly, four.
Kezi said: “I would like to thank everyone for their kind words and support which has been overwhelming.
“It has been a real comfort to both me and Tilly that he was so well regarded by so many.
“We will both miss him so very much.”
Gav, who was originally from Whitley Bay, had been with Durham Constabulary for 12 years and worked with the Roads Policing Unit out of the Spennymoor station.
Colleagues had been fundraising to send him and his family away for a weekend. Sadly, that was not possible but proceeds will be passed on for them to use in whichever way they see fit.
Insp Ed Turner said: “Gav was extremely popular with colleagues and always had a smile on his face.
"He really was a glass half-full kind of guy and even right towards the end he was thinking about other people and about supporting his family.
“He will be sorely missed by all at the force.”
Our thoughts are with Gavin's family, friends & colleagues at this sad time

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Death of a retired Police Officer : George Hardman

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer, George Hardman who died on the 8th February 2017. He was aged 95 years.
Mr Hardman leaves a daughter Edna
The funeral service will be held at Durham Crematorium on Friday the 17th February 2017 at 9am. The service is not private.
Donations are requested in lieu of flowers to the North Air Ambulance Service.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Radio Mast from ‘old’ Police HQ on the move

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The Radio Mast at the ‘old’ Police Headquarters is about to make its move to the new site, leaving the site free for the developers to start building houses which are already built and occupied on the main car park opposite the entrance to the old HQ.

The size of the crane which will lift the mast down is certainly spectacular & it’s worth a visit down Aykley Heads drive to see the final chapter in our former place of work.

If you haven't already seen this one before please click on this link which will take you to the vaults of the British Film Institute where you can watch the mast being erected on site (Obviously before the health & safety regs – have a look at 3m20sec, where a man in his vest pushes the mast into place !!) : http://player.bfi.org.uk/film/watch-radio-mast-for-police-headquarters-aykley-heads-durham-1968/

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Tom Rounsley helps with family photos from the past

Many Thanks to retired Durham Sgt, Tom Rounsley who has sent an email with some more info re photographs that appears on the last page of the 2016 winter edition of the Durham Peeler titled Thornley Police Station.

TR3TR1The officer in the doorway is my great, great grandfather Sergeant 34 Thomas Sampson.
He started his police career in Plymouth transferring to Durham I believe in 1872.
He was promoted to sergeant in February 1882 and was stationed at Thornley until his retirement from the force in 1901.
The officer in the doorway is my great, great grandfather Sergeant 34 Thomas Sampson.
He started his police career in Plymouth transferring to Durham I believe in 1872.
He was promoted to sergeant in February 1882 and was stationed at Thornley until his retirement from the force in 1901.
The constable in the photo I believe to be a PC Cummings and the woman Annie Barker but I have no other information on them.

TR2 Sgt Samson's daughter married my great grandfather Police Constable 382 Samuel N Rounsley who I believe spent a lot of his service in the Spennymoor area.
He died not long before his retirement.
At that time any pension for the widow was at the discretion of the Chief Constable
The Chief Constables report on the 28th April 1919 reads - PC Samuel Rounsley No 382 died at Tudhoe on 28th February, 1919, after completing 25 years 282 days.
The maximum amount of gratuity which may be granted under section 2 (2) of the Police Act is £294  3s  4d.

My family then skipped two generations with Durham Constabulary before I joined in 1976 retiring in 2006
If I've got the technology right there should be attached three pics - the original from the peeler , a photocopy of a photocopy of  Sgt Sampson, the other is two pics of PC Rounsley one near the start of his service and the other towards the end.
I find the change in the uniforms interesting.

PS. keep up the good work - I moved to Worcester over 2 years ago to be nearer family so the NARPO web site with all it's information and publications are a real tonic.
Please pass on my regards to all the team.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

BikeWise 2017 : save the date….

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Death of a retired Police Officer : Sergeant Thomas Arthur Scales

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Sergeant Thomas Arthur Scales, who died on 22nd January, 2017 at 82 years old.
Mr Scales leaves widow Cathleen Scales.
Mr Scales served until the 26th December, 1985.
The service will be held at Durham Crematorium on Wednesday 1st February, 2017 at 1.30pm.  This service is not private.
The family have requested family flowers only, however, donations if so desired can be made to the Macmillan Nurses.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Policing the Gala - Student requires help

roy-lambeth-durham-miners-galaI'm an undergraduate history student at Durham University and currently researching for my dissertation on the Miners' Gala. I'm looking for former policemen who have partaken in policing the Gala to interview, and so Durham Constabulary directed me towards NARPO. The perspective, memories and opinions of anyone who would be willing to be interviewed would be greatly appreciated.
If there is anyone who would be interested in being interviewed then feel free to contact me via this email address.

Regards,
Gabriella Matkin
gabbymatkin@hotmail.co.uK

State Pension top up – Less than 3 months left to apply

State Pension top up lets those who reached State Pension age before 6 April 2016 boost their State Pension income by up to an extra £25 per week in return for a lump sum contribution.

The extra amount is index linked, guaranteed for life and in most cases inheritable by a spouse or civil partner. The scheme is open for a limited period, until 5 April 2017.

For details visit www.gov.uk/statepensiontopup

Volunteer Drivers for St Cuthbert’s Hospice ?

St CuthbertsWe are looking to increase the number of volunteers at St Cuthbert’s Hospice and we are particularly struggling to recruit volunteer drivers at present and I wondered if this could be a role that members of NARPO may be interested in and if you would be able to assist with communicating our need to them please?
To give you some background about the Hospice, we provide expert care and support to adults in North Durham with life-limiting illnesses, as well as supporting their families and carers.  We are a registered charity and all of our care and support services are provided free of charge to patients, which is only possible because of community support.
There are two areas where drivers can volunteer :
 
Patient Drivers : support our Day Hospice by bringing guests from home to the Hospice and back again, either using their own cars or one of the Hospice’s vehicles.

Retail Drivers : support our retail operation, using the Hospice’s van to collect and deliver donated goods to our 9 retail outlets across County Durham. For the Retail role we have regular slots available (weekdays 9am-3.30pm) and are also looking for people who would be happy to be contacted on an ad hoc basis to cover volunteer absences.

If you would like any further information, please do not hesitate to let me know. We have an Education Suite that we could offer as a venue for a meeting so that any interested members could visit the Hospice and find out more about us.
If this is something your members could help me with in any way, I would be very grateful.

Jude Smith
Volunteer Co-ordinator
St Cuthbert's Hospice
Park House Road
Durham
DH1 3QF
 
Direct Line: 0191 374 6169
Main Switchboard: 0191 386 1170
Email: jude.smith@stcuthbertshospice.com

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Superintendent 299 William Ernest Newby

Bill NewbyIt is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Superintendent 299 William Ernest Newby, who died on the 11th January 2017, he was aged 85 years.
He does not leave a widow but leaves a daughter Julie.
William Newby retired from Durham Constabulary on the 31st December 1987.
The funeral service is taking place on the 3rd February 2017 at 11.45am at All Saints Church, Newton Hall, Durham, this will then be followed by the cremation service at 1pm at Durham Crematorium.
The funeral service is not private.
Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to the Eden House residence fund, Bishop Auckland, cheques are to be made payable to Helen McArdle Care.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Older Drivers…

Older DriversThis paper describes the licencing and medical fitness rules for drivers over the age of 70, and summarises recent Government statements on older drivers and the recommendations of the Older Drivers Task Force.

Driver licensing rules in the UK ultimately derive from the EU. It is as yet unclear what the impact of Brexit might be on driver licensing and testing: it seems likely that the UK would adopt a system compatible with that across the EU in order to retain the benefits of mutual recognition.

For at least the last ten years there have been stories in the media about possible changes to the licensing and/or testing requirements for older drivers. However, despite the speculation, there have been no recent changes to the requirements for older drivers.

Since the 2015 General Election the Government has published a road safety statement and a motoring services strategy, both of which referred to the need to support older drivers and ensure that they are safe. The independent Older Drivers Task Force reported in July 2016. The Government is currently considering its recommendations, which included:

  • the automatic requirement for drivers to notify the DVLA at age 70 of any medical condition that may affect safe driving should be raised to 75;
  • DVLA should require evidence of an eyesight test at age 75 and encourage vision checks every two years, particularly from age 60; and
  • the Government should support an evaluation of driving appraisal courses offered by the public sector and those in the private sector who wish to participate.

Information on associated matters involving driver licensing and fitness to drive can be found on the Roads Topical Page of the Parliament website.

Download the full report (pdf 236.25kb)

Federation Group Insurance Scheme

Durham Police FederationDurham Police Federation now have their own website which Has some great information on current policing issues.

One thing which most retired officers need to contact the Federation about is the Group Insurance scheme, our website now has a page Durham Federation (on the menu bar at the top of the homepage) which will take you through to links to the relevant documents you may need to download or view.

Many Thanks to the staff at the Federation office for supplying us with this information.

Durham Police Federation National Conference Report

Click to view Conference Special report

Please click on the image above to read/download a four page report from Durham Police Federation on the National Conference of 2016

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Death of a retired Police Officer : DC Cecil COXON

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer :  DC Cecil COXON : born 07/11/45 who died on 4th January 2017 at home with his family.
Cecil joined Durham Constabulary in 1967 as PC841 & was initially posted to Darlington  before transferring to Durham City. He transferred to Cleveland Police in 1971 where he spent the rest of his career in CID & RCS.
He leaves behind wife Helen Coxon, son, serving Police Insp David COXON, daughter Suzanne Coxon and son Richard Coxon.  He also has 12 grandchildren.
The funeral service will take place at 1.00pm on Tuesday 17th January, 2017 at St Andrew’s Church, South Church, DL14 7JU. This will be followed by the committal at Durham Crematorium, South Road, Durham, DH1 3TQ at 2.00pm. Friends are welcome to attend either or both services.
The family have confirmed that they would request family flowers only, donations if so desired can be made to St Cuthbert’s Hospice, Durham.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Friday, 6 January 2017

AGM of Durham NARPO : Monday 9th January 2017

 AGM-2017
Date for your Diary…….
Monday 9th January at 1930hrs
The Annual General Meeting of Durham NARPO, with guest speakers from Force Executive,PCC and Federation.
All members welcome to attend and participate
Ideal time to meet your old colleagues and friends.
Please try 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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Monday, 2 January 2017

Death of a retired Police Officer : Robert (Bob) Lawson

Bob Lawson

It is with sadness that we announce the death of a retired Police Officer :  Robert (Bob) Lawson who died on December 28th 2016 (1942-2016)
Bob was a career detective serving at Sunderland (Durham Constabulary until 74 amalgamation) and then with the RCS.
Bob was a loving husband to Elizebeth for 52 years, and father to Wendy and David.
His funeral will be held 12.30pm on Wednesday, 11th January, 2017 at Sunderland Crematorium followed by a reception at Ramside Hall.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Friday, 23 December 2016

Merry Xmas

snowman12Yes it is that time of year already and our sixth 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 545,000 ‘hits’ on the web page’s and over 300 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 year has seen a change of chairman as long standing chairman Alan Watson retired from the post at the Durham NARPO AGM in March (Although he still is very busy with ‘pen & paper’, preparing & publishing the Durham Peeler magazine). Vice Chairman Ray Jones took over Chairman.

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.

NOTE :
Durham Branch Committee have recently agreed to move our AGM from March to January
(to align with H.Q. financial Year.)

Monday 9th January, 2017 7.30pm Durham Indoor Bowling Centre (Annual General Meeting)
Monday 13th March, 2017 7.30pm Durham Indoor Bowling Club
Monday 8th May, 2017 7.30pm Bishop Auckland Hospital Social Club
Monday 10th July, 2017 7.30pm Bishop Auckland Hospital Social Club
Monday 4th Sept., 2017 7.30pm Bishop Auckland Hospital Social Club
Monday 13th Nov., 2017 7.30pm Durham Indoor Bowling Club

Durham Indoor Bowling Club: Rylands Way, Pity Me, Durham. DL14 6TZ Tel. No. 0191 3840700
Bishop Auckland Hospital Club: 32, Escomb Road, Bishop Auckland. DL14 6TZ Tel. 01388662336

Thursday, 15 December 2016

To quote Bob Dylan… ‘The Times They Are A Changin’

University-graduationAll new police officers in England and Wales will have to be educated to degree level from 2020, the College of Policing has announced.
It said the training would help address changes in crime-fighting.
Prospective officers can either complete a three-year "degree apprenticeship", a postgraduate conversion course or a degree.
The National Police Chiefs' Council said the changes would "help modernise the service".
'Patrolling online'
The college's Chief Constable Alex Marshall said the feeling was the nature of police work has changed significantly and officers were just as likely to be "patrolling online" as on the street.
"Cyber-enabled crime has increased," he said, "So has the need for officers and staff to investigate and gather intelligence online and via information technology."
He also said protecting vulnerable people has become a "high priority", with officers now spending more of their time working to prevent domestic abuse, monitor high-risk sex offenders and protect at-risk children.
Even investigating a pub fight - which used to mean interviewing the victim, perpetrator and the bar staff - now also extends to researching videos, pictures and comments published online.
But retired police officer Norman Brennan, who served 31 years in London and now campaigns for police protection, said degrees came "at the bottom of the priority list" for police.
He said: "The only degree a police officer needs is a degree of common sense - they'll learn on the job.
"The public don't care about police having degrees. They want someone competent, caring and capable."
Policing degree: the changes

The College of Policing, which is responsible for setting standards of ethics and training for the police service, is in talks with 12 universities about running the degree courses.
The syllabus is likely to cover the law, safeguarding the vulnerable, understanding how an officer behaves on the street and how to build trust by interacting well with communities.
There will be three options at entry level:
A three-year police constable degree apprenticeship paid for by the force, allowing individuals to "earn while they learn" - spending 80% of their time on the frontline, and the rest completing their degree while receiving a salary
A practical policing degree, as seen in other professions, where the student would complete a three-year self-funded course and apply for a job once qualified
For graduates, a six-month postgraduate conversion course funded by the police
Other changes to be introduced include:
A national set of qualifications for officers following promotion, for example in skills such as management and leadership
A requirement for officers applying to be assistant chief constable or above to have a master's degree - to be paid for by their police force
The college plans to publish a directory of education qualifications for officers and staff next summer, with guidance as to how their on-the-job experience counts and what funding might be available to support them.
There are currently no standard recruitment requirements for officers across the 43 forces in England and Wales.
Some forces accept officers with Level 2 qualifications (A-C grade GCSEs), while others insist on Level 5 (diplomas or foundation degrees).
But Emma Williams, deputy director at the Canterbury Centre for Policing Research, said it was about formalising the training police already receive: "This is not about saying police are not already professionals. There's the assumption that police officers aren't academic but I'm not sure that's true."
Currently, 38% of those going into policing already have a degree or post-graduate qualification (Level 6).
Ms Williams, who is working with the College of Policing on the new qualifications, said the police would continue to provide practical training, while academics might focus on evidence-based policing and criminology.
The money for the apprenticeships, due to be introduced next year, is expected to come from a new 0.5% apprenticeship levy on all employers with a wage bill of more than £3m.
'Fair and right'
The announcement follows a two-month public consultation which received more than 3,000 responses, almost 80% of which were from police officers.
The majority were keen to gain accreditation for their existing skills, Mr Marshall said.
Police officers of all ranks account for 124,066 of the 200,922 people employed by police forces in England and Wales, official statistics show. Some 4,735 officers joined the forces last year, accounting for 4% of all officers.
The new qualification rules will not impact on current officers, unless they apply for a promotion to assistant chief constable or above.
Andy Fittes, general secretary of the Police Federation of England and Wales, welcomed the move to accredit qualifications to serving officers, and supported the idea of a framework that might standardise courses.
However he questioned the implementation of the training, given the "immense demands" being placed on the service.
Chief Constable Giles York, the National Police Chiefs Council lead for workforce, said the scheme would "improve our ability to attract and retain really good people"
He added that it was "fair and right" that officers receive the recognition and accreditation they deserve as professionals

Dishforth Police Training Centre, Yorkshire, 1967

Dishforth 1967

Dishforth Police Training Centre, Yorkshire, 1967.
Student Police officers from constabularies far and wide - from the top left -Steve Hargest (Gloscester)  J.D.Brooks (Leeds) Roger Fry (Bristol) Haymer (South Shields)  John Hodge (Northumberland)  Pete Collins (Lincolnshire)  Dave Carrington (West Riding Yorkshire)  Clifford (Durham County)  Paul Green (Durham County)  Harry Moore (Hull City)  J.S.Gorman (Middlesborough)  Elizabeth Baty ( Lincolnshire)  Doyle (Hull)  R. Hayward unreadable (West Rising Yorkshire) Pamela J. Rymer (West Riding Yorkshire)  Alice L Copthorne (West Riding Yorkshire)  Linda Steele ( Lincolnshire)  Elizabeth Beall (Sheffield and Rotherham,  Alan Cowie ( Newcastle City Police.
Many Thanks to Roger Fry (Bristol) for sharing this photo

A walk down memory lane

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A few of the vehicles used by Durham Constabulary over the years. To view more photos of ‘the past’ please visit the :

 ‘Those were the days’ photo album 

If you have any photos of Durham Constabulary that we could use on the website please drop us an email to : durhamnarpo@gmail.com

OFFBEAT : New constabulary electronic magazine

OFFBEAT 1Copperplate Light has now been replaced by a new electronic magazine named OFFBEAT.

First issue has just been issued and can be viewed by clicking on the image which will take you to where it is stored online.

You can then view the magazine fullscreen by clicking on the square, to the right of the + sign on the line below the magazine homepage.

To view old issues of Copperplate visit the Copperplate page : http://www.durhamnarpo.org.uk/p/copperplate_17.html  on the Durham NARPO website

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 1278 Joseph Hann

It is with regret that we have to notify you of the death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 1278 Joseph Hann who died on December 7th, aged 79 years.
Joseph Hann spent 2 years as a police cadet with Durham Constabulary from 30th November 1953 until 11th May 1955, before serving with the RAF for 2 years.
Joseph then joined Durham Constabulary on 17th June 1957 and from HQ training served at Durham, Consett, Eastgate, West Hartlepool, Hartlepool, Newbottle, Grasswell then in scientific aids at Consett. In March 1969 he moved into fingerprints where he remained until he was promoted to Sgt in NECRO then Durham CRO. In January 1984 he moved onto DCIB and was medically retired on 20th September 1984.
Joseph was the dearly loved husband of Anice and dearly loved father of Lesley, Stephen and Darren
Friends please meet for funeral service at St. Aidans Church, Framwellgate Moor on Thursday, December 22nd, at 2.15pm.
Flowers welcome, donations in lieu if desired to Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Carol Service 2016

Carol Service

Any officers who were serving when HQ mast was erected in the late 1960s?

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Do you know any Durham Constabulary officers who were serving when our mast was erected in the late 1960s?
The communication tower, which is a listed structure, will soon make the short journey from its place at the old headquarters to our new HQ just along the road.
The mast was built and designed by Sir Ove Arup between 1965 and 1968. Arup was also responsible for the Sydney Opera House and the Pompidou Centre in Paris.
We are keen to try and find some of former colleagues to invite them to our new HQ to watch the mast being moved.
Please email :  media@durham.pnn.police.uk

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Death of a retired Police Officer : PW Marie Richardson

P1160348It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer : PW Marie Richardson, aged 90 years, who passed away very peacefully on Friday 9th December after a long illness.
Marie joined Durham Constabulary in 1950, working at Stockton, Hartlepool, Consett and Chester Le Street, and received six chief constables commendations for outstanding police work.
She was married to Inspector Derrick Richardson, and became one of the first police women in the UK to take maternity leave and return to full time police work.
Marie retired in 1963.
Marie and Derricks daughter, Julie Crick, retired from Durham Constabulary in 2010.
The celebration of Marie's life will be held at Durham Crematorium on Wednesday 21st December at 1pm.
All former colleagues are welcome to attend - family flowers only
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Monday, 12 December 2016

Death of a retired Police Officer / Civilian Support Staff : Sgt Ralph Atkinson

Ralph Atkinson

It is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer / Civilian Support Staff : Sgt Ralph Atkinson who died on November 28th, in hospital,  aged 91 years.

Mr Atkinson's service details are not known but many will remember him as Admin Sgt in Training in the early 70's and upon retirement he continued in this role as a civilian.

Friends please meet for service at Durham Crematorium on Tuesday, December 13th, at 2.00pm.
Family flowers only please, donations in lieu if desired to Willow Wood Hospice, Willow Wood Close, Mellor Road, Ashton-Under-Lyne, OL6 6SL.

Death of a retired Police Officer/Civilian support staff : Mrs Audrey Loughlin

Audrey LoughlinIt is with regret that we have to inform you of the death of a retired Police Officer/Civilian support staff : Mrs Audrey Loughlin who died on 24th November aged 92 years.
Mrs Loughlin served as a PW in Durham Constabulary but dates of service are not known. She continued to work as a civilian member of staff as clerical officer in HQ Workshops from 1970 to 1987.
The funeral will take place on Thursday 15th December. All are welcome to attend 2.30pm at St. Gilesgate Church, followed by refreshments in the church hall.
Family flowers only please, however donations can be made to the Macular society (www.macularsociety.org)
Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

We need your views on the governments autumn statement

The Autumn Statement is a key moment in the Parliamentary calendar as the Chancellor takes centre stage to update MPs on the government's taxation and spending plans, based on the economic projections provided by the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) - a body set up in 2010 to provide independent economic forecasts.
This year’s Autumn Statement will be the most important in years. It is the first set-piece event for new Chancellor Philip Hammond MP, and will be a key opportunity for the new Government to outline it’s economic plans and priorities for the coming years.
We are already hearing some rumours emerging in the newspapers, and MPs are beginning to press their views upon the Chancellor.
Later Life Ambitions wants to know what our members want to see in the Autumn Statement:
 
Do you believe universal benefits should be protected for all pensioners after Britain has exited the European Union?
Do you agree that better off pensioners should not be entitled to winter fuel payments, TV licences and bus passes?
Which universal benefit do you value the most?
 
We have created a short survey where members can tell us their views. We want to use your ideas and opinions to form the basis of the Later Life Ambitions response to the Autumn Statement and share this information with MPs, Peers and the Government.
The survey should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete, and can be filled out online by using this link:
 
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LaterLifeAmbitions
 
The survey will remain open until Wednesday 16 November, and we’d be very grateful for your participation.
It is also posted on our website at: http://www.narpo.org/index.php/notices.html
Please circulate to members for completion.
Regards
                  
Steve Edwards
Chief Executive Officer
01924 331 251
www.narpo.org

Monday, 14 November 2016

Death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Superintendent Don Moody

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, Malcolm Magee and finally Tommy Fortune (Motorcycles). The patrol car, was A687XCN a Ford Granada call sign Mike 20 Papa (M20P), formerly Alpha Red 40 (AR40)It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer :  Chief Superintendent  Don Moody, who died on 9th November, 2016 aged 79 years.
Mr Moody leaves widow Ann Moody, and their two sons Ian and John.
Mr Moody started his policing career in March 1958 and served until the 31st December, 1988.
Whilst working for Durham Constabulary Mr Moody served in various locations across the North East such as Durham, Billingham and Hartlepool. His proudest achievement was his initiative to create the Darlington Independent Advisory Group which was launched in June 1985.
The service will be held at Elmridge Methodist Church on Thursday 17th November at 12.45pm, followed by cremation which will take place at 1.45pm at Darlington Crematorium.  This service is not private and friends are invited to join family to a reception being held at The Spotted Dog, High Coniscliffe , Darlington afterwards.
The family have requested family flowers only, however, donations if so desired can be made to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association Ltd (PHA).
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Friday, 11 November 2016

Winter 2016 Durham Peeler now online

DP - Winter 2016Durham Peeler editor Alan Watson has been keeping himself busy over the last few months to produce the Winter 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

Hard copies of the magazine will be distributed to members soon

Remembrance Day

Flanders FieldRemembrance Day is also known as Poppy Day.

It was first observed in 1919, however until 1945 it was called Armistice Day. Traditionally there is two minutes of silence at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month because that was the time (in Britain) when the armistice became effective in 1918.
Today, in the UK Remembrance Sunday is also observed on the Sunday nearest to November 11th. So, in the United Kingdom, two minutes' silence is observed on November 11 itself, and on the second Sunday of November. Remembrance Sunday, ceremonies are held at War Memorials, all over the UK and over the years it has become a day to commemorate not just the sacrifice of servicemen and women but the suffering of civilians in times of war.

Remembrance Sunday is commemorated by church services around the UK and a parade of ex-service personnel in London’s Whitehall. Wreaths of poppies are placed on war memorials from the Cenotaph, a war memorial in Whitehall, to the tiniest war memorials in villages all over Britain. Small wooden crosses are placed in Gardens of Remembrance as private acts of remembering individual losses and suffering and people pin poppies to their coat or jacket.

History states that it was the poem 'In Flanders Fields' written in 1915 by Colonel John McCrae, a Canadian Medical Officer, that captured the imagination of the British people in the dark days of trench warfare on the Western Front when so many young soldiers failed to return. Six months before the Armistice, McCrae was brought on a stretcher to a big hospital on the French coast and saw the cliffs of Dover from his room. He died that night and was buried in a cemetery above Wimereux. Before he died, he said to the doctor: "Tell them this . . . If ye break faith with us who die, we shall not sleep." An American woman, Miss Moina Michael, wrote a moving poem in reply and bought 25 red poppies, wearing one herself as a way to keep faith with the war dead; a French woman, Madame Guerin, came up with the practical idea of making and selling artificial poppies to help ex-service men and their dependents in need.

Britain's first Poppy Day was held in 1921 and the money raised helped children in war-devastated areas. The Royal British Legion opened its own poppy factory in London in 1922 to give practical help in time of need to all who have served in the armed forces and their widows and dependents. The paper poppies that are worn today are made by ex-service personnel and are sold by representatives of the Royal British Legion, an organisation of ex-servicemen and women. Today, they make more than 35 million poppies and 65,000 wreaths for the annual poppy appeal. Poppies grew in great abundance in the shell-torn fields of Flanders during the War. Because of its abundance it became the symbol of remembrance of two world wars.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1181 John Stoker

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : PC 1181 John Stoker, who died on 28th October, 2016 aged 88 years.
John was appointed to Durham Constabulary on 13th November 1948 and went on to serve at Chester-le-Street, Birtley, CID crime cars, Motor patrols at HQ then at West Hartlepool, Chester-le-Street, then back to motor patrols until he retired on 8th February 1981.
The funeral will take place on Wednesday 9th November, 2016 at 11.30am at Durham Crematorium. The family welcome friends to join this service.
The family have requested that instead of flowers, donations if so desired can be made to Bowburn Nursing Home.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

"Please wear a poppy"

Lest_we_forget"Please wear a poppy", the lady said
And held one forth, but I shook my head.
Then I stopped and watched as she offered them there,
And her face was old and lined with care;
But beneath the scars the years had made
There remained a smile that refused to fade.
A boy came whistling down the street,
Bouncing along on carefree feet.
His smile was full of joy and fun,
"Lady", said he, "may I have one"?
When she'd pinned it on he turned to say,
"Why do we wear a poppy today"?
The lady smiled in her wistful way
And answered, "This is Remembrance Day,
And the poppy there is the symbol for
The gallant men who died in war.
And because they did, you and I are free –
That's why we wear a poppy, you see.
"I had a boy about your size,
With golden hair and big blue eyes.
He loved to play and jump and shout,
Free as a bird he would race about.
As the years went by he learned and grew
And became a man – as you will, too.
"He was fine and strong, with a boyish smile,
But he'd seemed with us such a little while.
When war broke out and he went away
I still remember his face that day.
When he smiled at me and said, Goodbye,
I'll be back soon, Mum, so please don't cry.
"But the war went on and he had to stay,
And all I could do was wait and pray.
His letters told of the awful fight,
(I can see it still in my dreams at night).
With the tanks and guns and cruel barbed wire,
And the mines and bullets, the bombs and fire
"Till at last, at last, the war was won –
And that's why we wear a poppy son".
The small boy turned as if to go,
Then said, "Thanks, lady, I'm glad to know.
That sure did sound like an awful fight,
But your son – did he come back all right"?
A tear rolled down each faded cheek,
She shook her head, but didn't speak.
I slunk away in a sort of shame,
And if you were me you'd have done the same,
For our thanks, in giving, if oft delayed,
Though our freedom was bought – and
Thousands paid!
And so when we see a poppy worn,
Let us reflect on the burden borne,
By those who gave their very all.
When asked to answer their country's call
That we at home in peace might live.
Them wear a poppy!  Remember – and give!
 
 
WEAR A POPPY

Friday, 4 November 2016

Death of a retired Police Officer : Supt. 261 Harry Leathard

It is with regret that we have to advise you of the death of a retired Police Officer : Supt. 261 Harry Leathard who died on October 23rd, peacefully in hospital aged 88 years.
Harry retired in 1984 and spent much of his police career in Traffic.
Harry leaves two sons David and Jeffrey and will be much missed by his family and friends.
Friends are asked to please meet for service in Durham Crematorium on Monday, November 7th, at 11.30am.
Family flowers only, donations in lieu are being made to St Cuthbert’s Hospice, Durham.
Our thoughts are with them at this sad time

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Reunion reminder….

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

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Due to the nature of the trust our customers have in us, we are careful about who we recruit, hence this e-mail to yourself.
With the above in mind, do you think and of your members who reside in, or close to Durham City may be interested in working for us?
More info about what we do can be found on our website at www.petamigos.co.uk
Kind regards”

Ian Clayton (ian@petamigos.co.uk)
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Tuesday, 25 October 2016

September CPI now released

The ONS have now released the Consumer Price Index for September 2016 which shows an increase of 1% . As a result, Police Pensions will increase by 1% as of 1st April 2017.

For further info please click on this link to the ONS website

Monday, 17 October 2016

Criminal Damage !! Support our Police Dogs & Horses

Please click on this link : https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/168678

It only takes a couple of minutes to complete & you will then receive an email to click on & confirm that it is you who have completed the online petition.

Lets see if we can help our four legged friends get some support. I would think most retired officers will have benefited from Police dogs & horses at some stage of service…

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Death of a retired civilian staff member : Malcolm (Max) McAloon

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired civilian staff member : Malcolm (Max) McAloon, who died on 5th October, 2016 aged 78 years.
Mr McAloon was a driver handyman in the Derwentside area, he retired on 4th April 2003.
The funeral will take place on Friday 14th October, 2016 at 10.00am at St. Mary’s Blackhill. This will be followed by a cremation at Mountsett Crematorium. The family welcome friends to join both services.
The family have requested that instead of flowers, donations if so desired can be made to the Cardiothoracic Centre at the Freeman Hospital.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Monday, 10 October 2016

Death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 76 Dennis Dunnill

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer : Sgt 76 Dennis Dunnill, who died on 4th October, 2016 aged 85 years.

Dennis joined Durham Constabulary on 5th July 1952. During his time with us he served in various locations across the force such as, HQ Training, Consett, Blackhill, Ebchester, Traffic, Special Incident Squad, Durham, Sherburn. He later became a member of Police staff within the HQ Firearms department where he retired on 30thJune 1991.

The cremation will take place on Wednesday 12th October, 2016 at 2.30pm at Durham Crematorium. This service is not private.

The family have requested that instead of flowers, donations if so desired can be made to the Great North Air Ambulance.

Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Death of a retired Police Officer : Constable 1253 George Taylor

It is with regret that we have to announce the death of a retired Police Officer :  Constable 1253 George Taylor, who died on 27th September, 2016 aged 86 years.
The cremation will take place on Tuesday 11th October, 2016 at 10.45am at Darlington Crematorium, Carmel Road, Darlington. This service is not private.
The family have requested that instead of flowers, donations if so desired can be made to a Dementia Charity.
Our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.

Monday, 3 October 2016

Death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Inspector William Frederick Purser

It is with regret that we have to advise colleagues of the death of a retired Police Officer : Chief Inspector William Frederick Purser who died on 26th September 2016, aged 94 years.
Mr Purser retired from Durham Constabulary on 24th September 1977.
Funeral service is to be held at 11am on Tuesday 18th October,  2016 at St Clare’s Church, Central Avenue, Newton Aycliffe to be followed by interment at West Cemetery, School Aycliffe.  The service is not private and friends and former colleagues are welcome meet at church.
Our thoughts are with Fred’s family and friends  at this sad time.

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.

Funeral arrangements are now confirmed as follows:
Friends and family are asked to meet for the funeral service at Mounsett Crematorium, Dipton  at 12.30pm on Friday 7th October 2016.

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.

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